Design: Building Momentum

Asymptote is out to prove--in cyberspace and in real life--that architecture doesn't have to stand still

We live in an era that puts little stock in stability. Solidity and permanence read as rigidity and torpor. The future will be only more unruly, tossed and pulled by disparate forces like a piece of bread among sea gulls. So where does this leave architects, whose work is all about permanence? Buildings are supposed to be hefty, purposeful and unyielding. How can you create structures that embody a quicksilver society when they have to stand still?

Asymptote, a husband-and-wife team of architects in New York City, has spent more than a decade grappling with that question and in the process...

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