Generative Design is Doomed to Fail

20 February 2020 – The 6 reasons why generative design hasn't taken off despite the hype.

Not Everything is Captured by the Fitness Function

19 August 2014 – Earlier in 2014, Carlo Bailey and Lorenzo Villaggi interviewed me about parametricism for the 'Belief' issue of Colon. Here is what I had to say.

The Future of Architectural Discourse

27 October 2013 – I’ve been thinking about publishing a lot lately. What it means, why we do it, and where it is going.

Chapter 1 – Introduction

20 September 2013 – I introduce the central issue of my thesis: parametric flexibility. I outline the research method and the structure of the thesis.

Chapter 2 – The Challenges of Parametric Modelling

20 September 2013 – I expand upon the challenges associated with parametric modelling that I have outlined in this introduction. I first examine the various definitions of parametric modelling and consider how these frame an understanding of what a parametric model is. I go on to reveal the numerous challenges architects have faced when using parametric models in practice. Aggregated together, these accounts reveal an array of problems that tend to be overlooked in many of the discussions around parametric modelling.

Chapter 3 – The Design of Software Engineering

20 September 2013 – I contrast the challenges of parametric modelling to the challenges associated with software engineering. I introduce the body of knowledge associated with software engineering and hypothesise about which knowledge areas may also help the practice of parametric modelling.

Chapter 8 – Discussion: Beyond Toolmaking

20 September 2013 – There is a close relationship between software engineering and parametric modelling. This relationship has implications for how parametric modelling is taught, for how parametric modelling is integrated in practice, and for how we discuss parametric modelling.

Chapter 9 – Conclusion

20 September 2013 – In many ways the conclusion to this thesis is simple: software engineers creating computer programs and architects designing with parametric models share similar challenges, which can often be addressed with similar research methods and similar design practices.

A History of Parametric

6 August 2013 – A long and incomplete history of parametric modelling. Starting in the nineteenth century with James Dana’s crystal drawings, and ending up in twenty-first century by way of Gaudí, Moretti, Ivan Sutherland’s Sketchpad, and other more recent technological innovations.

Interview with a supernode – Andrea Graziano

2 May 2012 – An interview with Andrea Graziano, better known as Digitag, about the shifting of architectural discourse into new media.