Inside Smartgeometry. Expanding The Architectural Possibilities Of Computational Design

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Smartgeometry (SG) is a key influence on the architectural community who explore creative computational methods for the design of buildings

An informal international network of practitioners and researchers, the group meets annually to experiment with new technologies and collaborate to develop digital design techniques

Founded by digital pioneers, it creates the algorithmic designers of the future

From interactive crowd-sourcing tools to responsive agent-based systems to complex digitally fabricated structures, it explores more than a decade of advances that have been influential for architecture

In recent years, the ecology of these design environments has diversified to include multiple software platforms, as well as innovative fabrication techniques and interactive environments

In the early years of the workshops this need for new ways of design thinking led to the development of Bentley s GenerativeComponents software

Inside Smartgeometry can be seen as a retroactive manifesto for SG, examining and contextualising the work of the SG community the digital spaces, prototypes and buildings designed using bespoke tools created in response to architectural ideas

Many international design and engineering firms have participated in SG and the book includes chapters by practitioners from offices such as CASE, Design2Production, Foster Partners, Grimshaw, Populous and SOM.

SG calls for a re-consideration of the design process, where the creation of computational mechanisms become an integral part of designing not a task done prior to or separate from the process

SG has grown accordingly from a handful of experts to an international network of designers who are defining the future of design

SG was founded to encourage the development, discussion and experimentation of digital design techniques driven by design intent rather than on construction specifications

Through 23 original texts including reflections by the founders, and key contributors such as Robert Aish, Martin Bechthold, Mark Burry, Chris Williams and Robert Woodbury, the book offers a critical state of the art of computational design for architecture

When SG was founded in 2001 by London-based architects and friends Hugh Whitehead Foster Partners , J Parrish AECOM and Lars Hesselgren PLP , there was little in the way of parametric tools for architecture