HOW CAN IT DATA FEEDS BE USED TO DRIVE / INFORM ARCHITECTURE THROUGH PARAMETRIC LOGIC?
We are living in an ever-increasing Information Technologies driven world, yet our architectural responses generally lack this dynamic input or the abilty to respond to this ever changing information.
This design-based thesis will explore how IT based data feeds can be used to drive and inform architecture through parametric logic. It will explore the notions of adaptive architecture and planning through dynamic parametric logic and digital fabrication.
Research question, aim or hypothesis
This dissertation aims to explore the relationship of generative design and it’s dynamic potential through adaptive parametric logic. The relationships between parametric architecture will have a particular focus on modular digital fabrication through CNC processes as a means to implement responsive and dynamic architectural interventions.
“Parametric” design and architecture seems to be a methodological term and we are hearing more frequently but perhaps slightly misunderstood and interpreted. All architecture is defined by parameters therefore all architecture is parametric. But the term parametric design is perhaps a misinterpreted phrase for generative design methodologies defined by adaptive parameters. Parametric architecture has now in turn become associated with it’s own aesthetic often epitomised by unnecessarily and arbitrary complex geometries due to the software which helps realise these. Consequently the idea of parametric architecture has received harsh criticisms as both the fundamental and beneficial elements of adaptive, generative design are yet to really be exploited in practical architectural procedures. The key aspect being its adaptive potentials which are what separates it from more traditional design processes.
Where parametric methodology differs from traditional approaches is its ability to document the design process. This fundamental aspect is where architecture has the potential to benefit in a more efficient execution from design to fabrication. It is this documentation process which allows the designer to alter any of the given parameters at any given time. More traditional or analogue approaches require a complete redesign when these parameters change. This methodology is what has been successful in the introduction of parametric design to the architectural profession however there are many applications which are yet to be explored. My main focus will be on the practical applications of adapting this defined logic. Never before have we had our design process laid out in front us with the ability to change any parameter consequently altering the final design output. Simultaneously we are living in an increasingly IT driven world where more and more of our actions are documented. I propose to analyse this relationship by exploring how this excess of user driven data can be inputted into a parametric logic to drive responsive architectural interventions. This methodology will hopefully result in the optimisation of completely user driven architecture which responds to our use, our needs and our requirements.
CAD/CAM fabrication will be focus in order to explore the transferal relationship of parametric logic to a modular architectural state.
Design-Research Strategy and Methodology
Research methodology will be experimentally based. Grasshopper and various scripting tools will be used to explore parametrical modelling techniques and adaptive processes. It will also be used to define various logics and interpret data resulting in architectural interventions. Parametric processes will be used throughout the project in every stage to analyse the strengths and weakness of such a design methodology. This will include, but not limited to site analysis, urban design, form finding, concept development, detailing and CAD/CAM communications to realise the final forms.