Coding randomness: accepting unpredictability in modular systems through the use of computation
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AbstractThrough exploration of the dynamics of biological systems Kauffman (1992) found a 'magic region' of phase space where spontaneous organizations in nature reach a peak of complexity somewhat between periodic and chaotic arrangements, expressing a kind of random code. While the networks with which Kauffman was primarily concerned are biological, his analysis can be extended to architectural design. Positioned between too much and too little order, the moment of randomness is the medium in which new strategies for architecture could emerge. With these insights this paper introduces a series of possible housing structures that illustrate some of the key working methods available in digital systems such as 'generating' and 'compositing' taking as starting point computational strategies oriented to geometry and where the random factor plays a decisive role. Design can be inspired by this random nature, as nature is not designed with strict parameters, but it may evolve from a core of generative expressions of code. Architecture in fact could be conceived in a similar way the generative randomness develops into complex organisms, from the very bottom processes. This particular organizing principle - from code to shape - in Nature systems, acts along this paper only as an inspiration to the design process.
All Author(s) ListAfonso F, Jedenov K
Name of Conference49th International Conference of the Architectural-Science-Association
Start Date of Conference02/12/2015
End Date of Conference04/12/2015
Place of ConferenceMelbourne
Country/Region of ConferenceAustralia
Detailed descriptionorganized by Architectural Science Association, The University of Melbourne,
Year2015
PublisherUNIV MELBOURNE
Pages943 - 952
eISBN978-0-9923835-2-7
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom
KeywordsCode; generative design; modular dwellings; randomness
Web of Science Subject CategoriesArchitecture; Construction & Building Technology; Urban Studies

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