Contingent Geometries: Developing design strategies for complex systems

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Architectural Theory Review, 2010, 15 (2), pp. 201 - 209
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Generative computational methods such as parametric systems currently employed in architectural and urban design tend towards homeostatic solution spaces; that is, fields of solutions that privilege regularized distributions of difference across any parametric range, which in turn result in design homogeneity. In order to develop a rich design space using parametric or rule based systems, it is argued that it is necessary to develop an understanding of a multitude of open computational systems, or an ecology of systems, particularly in regard to performance-oriented computational design. This paper presents a design research studio test case exploring this issue in relation to tall building morphologies.
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