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id ecaade2009_000
authors Çagdas, Gülen; Çolakoglu, Birgül (eds.)
year 2009
title COMPUTATION: The New Realm of Architectural Design
source 27th eCAADe Conference Proceedings [ISBN 978-0-9541183-8-9], Istanbul (Turkey) 16-19 September 2009, 854 p.
summary In the field of architecture, computational design has emerged as sub-discipline having a multidisciplinary nature and using computing methods and capabilities to understand and solve architectural design problems. Computational design is based on computational thinking that includes a range of mental tools in solving problems, designing systems, and understanding human behavior. It has drawn on the concepts of mathematics and computer science. Computational design elements are derived from both theoretical science and experimental design in such a way that its mechanism relies heavily on mathematical logic, but once built, experimentation is done by varying one parameter at a time to study individual changes. It is a design model, not design itself. Computational design involves applying appropriate computational mechanisms, algorithms, or methods to architecture in order to solve design problems and develop design applications. This process creates systems that can be used as design tools for exploring and forming entirely new design concepts and strategies. Over the next decade, computation will have a great impact on design world. It will solve more complex design problems with greater accuracy and be applied by more designers more routinely—it will go deeper and wider. However, the greatest change that it will bring is the breaking down of barriers between scientific domains and design, enabling real “design science.” Computation is already a key driver in “joined-up” research. It forces scientists and designers to think deeper and wider. Some people have considered it to be the enemy of creativity. In their opinion, designers simply must do things rather than think about what they are doing and how they are doing it. Deeper thinking is associated with scientific rather than designer thinking. The fact is that some of the most innovative and creative work is being done by people who have developed computational thinking skills and know other disciplines along with computing. The theme of eCAADe 2009 conference, Computation: The New Realm of Architectural Design, is devoted to exploring the ramifications of this view for the domain of design: research, education, and practice. We believe that the most intriguing research questions that will emerge from the advent of new and more powerful computational devices—and from the design tools that make use of them—will be in the realm of developmental design science.
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