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 :
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.
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 !