The concept of parametric architecture is now extremely important in contemporary debate, not only as a guide of a new technological way of thinking, in which the real-time modified algorithm through parametric software becomes an instrument of efficiency and in-depth analysis of individual details, not otherwise accessible to the pencil, but also at a technocratic level, if you elect this new way of going about architecture as the sole means to continue the natural evolution of the way we think about architecture itself. It’s quite a different thing to speak in terms of the exploitation of an “algorithm with variables”, if this is used to govern the evolution of something that is already under one’s manual control, to study all the micro and macro evolutions simultaneously. Some cases of parametric thinking can be found by going back in history to even before the advent of modelling infographics, such as the Restaurant Tower by Mario Ridolfi, or even earlier with some of Gaudi’s works or the wonderful decorations of Islamic buildings. With this in mind, the algorithmic logic can become a school of thought that maintains itself while innovating its method, a strategy which doesn’t break with the past or interrupt past trends (as could be the case with the Brutalist or International Style). This is the optic in which the Structural Lithic Tree has found its design definition with the aid of a mathematical algorithm whose purpose was not in fact the identification of the shape, something which had already been investigated before, but rather the study of its natural evolution at both a morphological, typological and functional level. This will involve a search for a ratio in spatiality, which can evolve with a symbiosis with any of its formal transformations that are not otherwise accessible, and at the same speed, into human thought.

Barberio, M., Boccadoro, N. (2014). Parametrization of form. In Lithic Tree A search for “natural” stereotomy (pp. 109-118). Paris : Presses des Ponts.

Parametrization of form

BARBERIO, MAURIZIO;
2014-01-01

Abstract

The concept of parametric architecture is now extremely important in contemporary debate, not only as a guide of a new technological way of thinking, in which the real-time modified algorithm through parametric software becomes an instrument of efficiency and in-depth analysis of individual details, not otherwise accessible to the pencil, but also at a technocratic level, if you elect this new way of going about architecture as the sole means to continue the natural evolution of the way we think about architecture itself. It’s quite a different thing to speak in terms of the exploitation of an “algorithm with variables”, if this is used to govern the evolution of something that is already under one’s manual control, to study all the micro and macro evolutions simultaneously. Some cases of parametric thinking can be found by going back in history to even before the advent of modelling infographics, such as the Restaurant Tower by Mario Ridolfi, or even earlier with some of Gaudi’s works or the wonderful decorations of Islamic buildings. With this in mind, the algorithmic logic can become a school of thought that maintains itself while innovating its method, a strategy which doesn’t break with the past or interrupt past trends (as could be the case with the Brutalist or International Style). This is the optic in which the Structural Lithic Tree has found its design definition with the aid of a mathematical algorithm whose purpose was not in fact the identification of the shape, something which had already been investigated before, but rather the study of its natural evolution at both a morphological, typological and functional level. This will involve a search for a ratio in spatiality, which can evolve with a symbiosis with any of its formal transformations that are not otherwise accessible, and at the same speed, into human thought.
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Barberio, M., Boccadoro, N. (2014). Parametrization of form. In Lithic Tree A search for “natural” stereotomy (pp. 109-118). Paris : Presses des Ponts.
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