PARAMETRIC LOGICS IN THE ARCHITECTURE OF THE 20TH CENTURY: Some referents and principles
Authors: Bravo, Maite
The emergence of computational parametric design tools, a method that allows the design of element behaviour thru linkage methods with changing dimensions, it’s enabling the use of complex geometries, and has recently produced a multitude of highly suggestive freeform projects. This research theorizes that parametric design it’s not just a product of digital intelligence, but an important “logic” found persistently within the history of architecture, especially during the 20th century, when several architects and engineers started to formulate parametric concepts without the use of computation. This study proposes a comparative analysis of over fifty unique paradigmatic projects built before the use of digital tools, which are reconstructed using current parametric software, to unveil their generative logics and underlying codification. Multiple associations between projects can be traced, allowing further relationships among innovative research agendas, positioning current manifestations within larger historical developments.