Architectural designs continue to change, especially in the wake of the need for structures that are sustainable and environment-friendly. Several techniques, including computer simulations, are, thus, used to make designs of structures that meet the current needs in space and land. Mega forms have been on the forefront to address these issues for some time now albeit with little success. However, landform buildings are promising to address the challenge given the many benefits that it offers in the utilization of space and land, and the technology that is involved therein. This paper uses Kenneth Frampton’s argument for mega forms to support Stan Allen’s view of landform building.
According to Frampton (1999), mega forms can provide a horizontal urban fabric for topographical transformation. This is important, insofar, as landscape planning is concerned. However, the limitations presented by mega forms give ample passage for landform building to take effect. In this case, mega forms do not compete with landform buildings but rather the latter is in congruence with the former and supports any argument for it. This paper explains the role of mega forms in Stan Allen’s argument for landform building.
The Role of Mega Forms in Landform Building
Mega forms present certain characteristics that are in support of the basis on which landform building is founded. As observed by Frampton (1999), mega forms emphasize on the use of horizontal direction in designing an architectural structure instead of the usual vertical design. Landform building, on the other hand, endeavors to utilize landscape by coming up with environment friendly structures that change the landscape on which they are constructed. As such, Allen’s insistence on the use of topography in design underscores the need for efficiency in the use of landscape. Landform building, thus, emphasizes the integration of specific landscape with available potential use of each landscape. Thus, landform building rides on the use of object buildings and landscape fields to realize creative land transformations at the scale of mega forms.
Frampton indicates that mega forms are complex forms, not necessarily structurally or mechanically, but in the use of landscape; both interior and exterior. In the same way, landforms tries to use modern technology to develop structures that conform to the urban landscaping putting into consideration the density of the urban cities. To this end, Allen & McQuade (2011) suggest that the use of landform building should not follow to formal architectural designs, but instead pay attention to programmatic possibilities that are available to utilize the artificial terrains exhibited by landscape. This suggestion is in conformity with mega form characteristic of developing complex structures in terms of horizontal utilization of landscape instead of trying to imitate the natural landscape and resort to the use of vertical space in designing a structure. Nevertheless, this indication of complex structure does not repeal the ability of landform building to use horizontal and vertical space to come up with structures that meet the current requirement for urban use of landscape. Instead, the iconic power of architectural design is retained in the extended and interwoven surfaces for new networked and interconnected structures in terms of landscape usage (Allen & McQuade, 2011).
Landscape building takes into account the dynamism that contemporary urbanization places on the available landscape. Mega forms involve the adaptation to the landscape and, as such, develop designs that can serve distinctly in a complex landscape. Landform building thus provides a panacea in making use of landscapes that are irregular and complex while remaining true to the established architectural designs. Put differently, landform building utilizes the constraints of limits and boundaries in dense urban sites that design and develop structures that are not only environment friendly but also provides a solution to the limitations of the landscape.
The viability of mega forms to represent a geographical cropping rather than just a structural design augurs well with landform building that moves towards magnificent structures. Such structures emphasize on the ambience of interior designs that encompass the effects and landscape experience. Thus, mega forms convey landscape effects to the interior of a structure and remove the boundary between the interior and exterior of a structure. In this case, mega forms ensure that landscape ceases are to be seen as pure exteriority in terms of nature and wilderness. This means that landscape building embraces the opportunity of emerging fabrications and technology to develop an artificial environment both inside and outside a structure.
In conclusion, mega forms are in tandem with the basis on which landform buildings are founded and the principles that govern development of mega forms are transferred into landform buildings.