Hello!

Welcome to ParametricDesign.Net web space. This site was created as a means to provide communication of ideas among people working with parametric, generative and interactive architecture.

The list of contributors is slowly growing, most of us are somehow connected to Bartlett, UCL, and met in creative environment that London provides, although many of us live somewhere else already. This site is helping to keep the link, and streams the creative energy through.

Parametric design as a title may be wide enough for some, yet limiting for others, hence the subtitle – generative architecture, which in my feeling is a complimentary thing to the latter.  Some people might argue, but if we look closely at fabrication processes of complex shapes or solids, even in most complex, multi-layered structures,  in most cases they wouldn’t be possible without breaking down the problem into set of input parameters, and resolving it locally. Let’s take following example :

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The structure shown above is generative, build with the use of self-organizing particle system acting locally, exchanging information about the forces between the nodes. But when looking at the connections, it becomes clear that there is a need for a resolved nodal point, which is a perfect application for parametric component.

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Complimentary ? Or totally separate ? I would say that one informs the other, and it can happen both ways. To illustrate the opposite approach, we could utilize parametrically modelled simple, doubly curved surface, that is a ‘playground’ for cellular automata, or another particle system. Generative built on top of parametric.

Regardless of the point I am making, I hope this is a good start in the discussion, which will evolve over months and years, and bring new horizons to these both subjects. You will see theoretical investigations, sample projects, or speculative experiments with forms, topologies and 3d space in general – all as short bursts of inspiration.

Stay tuned !

parametricdesign.net team.

10 thoughts on “Hello!

  1. Hi there,
    I am a senior interior design student at a design school in ohio. I am basing a large portion of my thesis on parametric design and would like to gain a better understanding of the topic. I am familiar with Autodesk 3DMax and understand the idea and process of parametric design but I am having trouble articulating it. I was wondering if you knew of any good resources for me to look into during my research process? I would appreciate any suggestions you may have.

    By the way, this site is a really good idea. I’m glad to see someone took the initiative to get something like this rolling.

    Thanks,
    Ashley

  2. Hi Ashley,

    the software Michail has suggested is a good base to do some parametric CAD modeling.

    parametric design, however is mind-set challenge and in my opinion the more interesting direction to go.

    a simple question to begin with would be “how do we communicate our design or design intention during a dynamic real life design development process?” defining the design parameter and their relationship mat trigger the process.

    all the best,

    Stefan

  3. Hi everyone!

    I’m very happy to find such a fresh initiative. Congratulations!

    I find this subject to be of the utmost importance regarding sustainable development. I have been involved with some digital design and also construction. So my key interests are the hardcopies of these initiatives and the importance that they have in meeting mankind’s contemporary practical needs.

    So here are my humble considerations, feel free to decompose them has you please.

    I think for instance Parametric Shading is very important because It can curbs carbon emissions by reducing, highly in some cases, the energy consumption of a building, wile maintaining a certain level luminosity stability. These horizontal shadings will shade more towards sumer solstice and allow more light in during the winter solstice, which is a natural optimal condition.

    The base of this is a very simple equation (90-LAT + or – 23,5?) that can be further developed by any one with basic arithmetic skills and can easily be constructed in (e.g.: plywood boards) to retrofit a building…. say … in a developing country or not!

    But what I propose is an invitation to come down a notch in technical sophistication’s (for the time being) and ask, how constructed parameterized structures can become real, made at reasonable costs, and not only help in the climate tackle effort, but also bring respectable business to our companies.

    What can parametric design and generative architecture can do now for the common people architectural needs and the environment?

    Ps: To any one interested I can disclose my mail so we can exchange further information. I also Plan to share a simplified clear cut tutorial in parametric shading by the end of this month to the use of any architect, any where. (any ideas/help is welcome)

    I would advise the following references to go to the root of this issue.

    http://mathworld.wolfram.com/PascalsTriangle.html

    http://www.shapegrammar.org/

    http://personal.cityu.edu.hk/~bsapplec/solar1.htm

    and finally state that parametric architecture can start with a math notebook and requires no specific software rather then a calculator, I would call it design with functions and sets of functions. for instance an x^2 wall. or a ? function roof. From the mathematical point of view in parametric architecture and generative design I only see good things coming.

    Let me know what you think!

    Best Regards,

    And congratulations again for the exiting proposal

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