“In the present state of architectural and environmental design, almost no problem has yet been made to exhibit complexity in such a well-defined way that it actually requires the use of a computer. The effort to state a problem in such a way that a computer can be used to solve it will distort your view of the problem. It will allow you to consider only those aspects of the problem which can be encoded—and in many cases these are the most trivial and the least relevant aspects.” - Christopher Alexander (1965)
Eindhoven to build "world’s first" 3D-printed houses that people can live inside
"L-Systems in Architecture" - by Michael Hansmeyer (2003):
http://www.michael-hansmeyer.com/projects/l-systems_info.html #Generative #Architecture
Interactive Presentation: http://www.michael-hansmeyer.com/flash/l-systems.html
Post on related techniques: http://blog.hvidtfeldts.net/index.php/category/grammar/
This robot can bend and weld wire to make molds for curved concrete walls:
Presentation by John Frazer on "Computational Design":
About the talk: In the talk Frazer describes the monumental problems we face globally that architecture could address, the power computational design possesses, and the tragedy that the later is not employed to address the former. The computational compression of space and time, virtual prototyping, and direct control over robotic fabrication all have the potential of massive global issues. Frazer describes the robust capabilities of cellular automata, genetic algorithms, and evolutionary algorithms.
About the speaker: John Frazer is the godfather of algorithmic and evolutionary design in architecture. Frazer taught at the Architectural Association in London, Cambridge University, and the University of Ulster. He is the former head of the School of Design at Hong Kong Polytechnic and the Queensland University of Technology.