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this is what i believe to be [part of] the future of Architecture: fitness-based design through algorithms.

in this teaser of Nate Holland’s architectural thesis, one can see how a design solution evolves – based on pre-established rules by the designer – into a variety of optimal solutions, thanks to the computation power of modern computers and the help of adequate (and fairly easy to use) software.

 

with the astonishing growth of complexity in the world, this approach to Architecture enables the designer to overcome difficult problems and the increasing number of tools available empowers the designer to achieve more and better results.

 

well done, Nate Holland!

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from rapid-prototyping we arrive to the [obvious] next step: rapid-production. it’s still a little rough, but it’s a first step to large scale, high quality production system directly from a digital design.

printing in stone brings us one step closer to a future reality: the ability to print our own buildings exactly as we designed them, directly on site.

according to the company, D-Shape printed material is very similar to marble and environmentally friendly, “with a resistance and traction much superior to Portland Cement, so much so that there is no need to use iron to reinforce the structure.”

i’m eager to see real aplications from this system!

check their website for more information and the review from blueprintmagaszine.co.uk.

“Parametric design gives us the possibility to work with variable boundaries.”

“Computational design creates conditional links between variable preconditions and can be evidence-based.

It is therefore most valuable in the early phase of architectural development and connects well to the current workflow of Building Information Modeling (BIM).
You may refer to automatic-architecture for architectural development as BIM-sketch.”

 

from: http://www.automatic-architecture.nl

 

by letting nature do its work, the guys at ecovative design came up with this brilliant ecological material that outperforms styrofoam while being completely compostable. and because it’s grown and not produced by an industrial process, it requires around 10 times less energy to be created.

 

great step forward!