Tim and Joe review Anarchitecture’s interview with Patrik Schumacher, Director of Zaha Hadid Architects (Episode #ana011), to clarify and highlight key points. We elaborate on topics including historical architectural styles, computer-generated design, parametric urbanism, and the challenges of promoting radical ideas.


I’m not withdrawing anything of what I’ve been saying. However, one needs to be aware of how one says it, how one mediates it, and how one explains that what we’re talking about is precisely aiming for the same fundamental hopes and ideals of a free and prosperous, emancipated and pleasant human condition.


  • Historical styles of architecture
    • Alberti’s architectural theory as the start of the discourse of architecture
    • Fordism, modernism, and progressivism
    • Post-Fordist network society
    • Post-modernism
    • Deconstructivism
    • Parametricism – complexity and order
    • Frank Gehry and Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
  • Computer-generated design and input parameters
    • Parametric curves – multiple Y values for a given X value
    • Too many parameters can over-calibrate predictive models, but could be an advantage in architectural design.
    • Fractal design
  • Parametric Urbanism
    • Garbage spill urbanism
    • Urban harmony through Parametricism
    • Perceiving more complex types of order
    • I guess you’re not ready for that yet. But your kids are gonna love it.
    • Van Halen requires preconditioning.
    • Path-dependence
  • The challenges of promoting parametricism and libertarianism / anarcho-capitalism
    • A messiah event
    • Long-term one on one conversations
    • Shock value
    • Crisis as catalyst
    • Market-based solutions are necessary, and may be sufficient
  • Transitioning to a stateless society requires three things:
    1. Convince people that the initiation of force is wrong
    2. Convince people that governments initiate force
    3. Convince people that there are viable market alternatives to governmental services


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