Emerging technologies are shaping architectural practice and – more broadly – the experience of the built environment. In the rapidly changing landscape of media and mediation, design and representation, it is difficult to know how architects ought to relate to technology. Beyond merely applying existing tools (BIM, simulation, digital fabrication, etc.), how can designers shape an increasingly mediated world? As our tools become more sophisticated, what agency remains? Thought there are as many answers to this question as there are architects, all responses will be shaped by a stark reality: architects will either define our tools or risk being defined by them.
Over the past decade, LMN has taken a radically integrated approach to digital culture: viewing design technology as both a means and a medium. This approach grew out of an existing condition: LMN has always fostered a high degree of interdisciplinary engagement, skill, and integration. LMNts is an extension of that culture. It is not our intent to become early adopters (for we are at the forefront of that bell curve); it is our goal to design the tools and processes we use to practice architecture. In this context, the emergence of a technology studio (ts) within an architectural practice is a logical step.
So what is LMNts? Simply put: LMNts is a technology studio (ts), but it is also a hybrid: a mix of applied technology, just-in-time training, and interdisciplinary R&D lab. LMNts is both liminal and pragmatic: operating at the threshold of traditional architectural practice, while continually grounding new technologies in the realization of the built environment. LMNts is devoted to fostering an open approach to design technology – both within and outside the boundaries of LMN. On this site, we will share our expertise with Building Information Modeling. We will explain our approach to integrated and iterative simulation within our architectural practice. We will post our code, transactions, and definitions. As we explore interactive and physical computing, we’ll show our successes and unpack our failures. We will be making things (and yes, breaking things) and perhaps unlearning some old habits. But being designers, we would like to do this with some clarity of purpose. We do this with the goal of creating great buildings and communities. That is our modus operandi. This is our experiment.