5 good reasons to study Computational Design

The computational design represents the present and the future of architecture and the compositional processes that lead to the creation of a project.

The use of parametric modelling for design allows to overcome geometric limits and obtain unique shapes and solutions. That is all thanks to data and parameters that, when modified, create infinite possibilities. The computational design then allows the application of computational strategies to a compositional process. Computation translates complexity into simple information and transforms it into data. These are reprocessed in the form of algorithms so that specific problems can be solved.

The designer who works with computational design will only have to insert parameters, i.e., data, into a software program that will elaborate a form.  Precisely because of the introduction of these parameters, computational modelling is also referred to as parametric modelling.

Will computational design replace the architect or designer?

Definitely not!!

On the contrary, knowing the tools and especially the approach and vision of parametric design generates a paradigm shift that guides the designer to unleash his creative potential.

Computational design is the future of architecture, so let’s see 5 good reasons why you absolutely must study parametric architecture.

1 Unleash your creative potential

How often have you had a design idea in your head and not been able to translate it into a viable project due to environmental/structural factors? Or how many times have you been unable to find the optimal design response to certain conditions and constraints? Computational design unleashes your creative potential by developing design solutions based on specific parameters that you specify.  Software and artificial intelligence process endless solutions from your input and turns what seemed impossible into a feasible design.

2 Job and business opportunities

Computational design is the future of architecture. Mastering this technique means getting where others can’t, turning visions into reality. Business opportunities for professionals and firms that can design through parametric architecture will multiply in the coming years. Computational design today is a competitive advantage; tomorrow, it will be a prerequisite for working in the design, architecture, and even engineering industries.

3 New Markets

Human living horizons in the last 10 years have expanded dramatically. Likewise, many markets have emerged. Today, life in extreme environments, space, and other planets is no longer science fiction. Designing for human life in these highly hostile environments requires combining safety, sustainability, and the need for comfortable and enjoyable environments. Computational design can develop design solutions that have these parameters as cornerstones.

4 Sustainability

Any new project cannot fail to take into account the environmental issue and sustainability. Energy efficiency, resource reusability, waste limitation, and space optimization are a must. Parametric architecture is a perfect tool to make sure all design proposals contain these prerequisites.

5 Turn threats into opportunities

As we said at the beginning of the article, software and artificial intelligence will not replace the designer. At least these tools will be used in the right way. Artificial intelligence and, more generally, machines should not be interpreted as threats, as something that precludes, but rather as doors to new opportunities. AI is an extension of our creativity that can take us towards previously unattainable goals. For this reason, when we talk about computational design, we must not so much focus on the tool itself but on the cultural paradigm shift and approach that guides us towards designs that we could not even imagine before.

Do you want to acquire the skills to unleash your creativity and design potential? Read the School of Disruption’s Parametric Architecture & Design course curriculum

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