Towards Morphogenesis in Architecture
Source TitleThe International Journal of Architectual Computing
University of Melbourne Author/sRoudavski, Stanislav
AffiliationFaculty of Architecture Building & Planning, Architecture, Building and Planning
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsRoudavski, S. (2009). Towards Morphogenesis in Architecture. International Journal of Architectural Computing, 7 (3), pp.345-374. https://doi.org/10.1260/147807709789621266.
Access StatusOpen Access
Procedural, parametric and generative computer-supported techniques in combination with mass customization and automated fabrication enable holistic manipulation in silico and the subsequent production of increasingly complex architectural arrangements. By automating parts of the design process, computers make it easier to develop designs through versioning and gradual adjustment. In recent architectural discourse, these approaches to designing have been described as morphogenesis. This paper invites further reflection on the possible meanings of this imported concept in the field of architectural designing. It contributes by comparing computational modelling of morphogenesis in plant science with techniques in architectural designing. Deriving examples from case-studies, the paper suggests potentials for collaboration and opportunities for bi-directional knowledge transfers.
Keywordsbiology; architecture; generative design; parametric design; digital architecture; morphogenesis; digital morphogenesis; morphogenetic strategies; digital creativity; form-finding
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