Genetic algorithms for the optimisation of computer-controlled fabrication are developed and integrated with further development of evolutionary morphogenetic techniques. Exploration and development over succeeding generations are also to include spatial organisations and environmental behaviour together with the parameters developed previously. Techniques taught in the first term seminar ‘Emergence’ are implemented, including statistical analysis ranking for multi-parameter fitness criteria are explored and developed. Core Studio 2 is supported throughout with weekly sessions on iterative mathematical processes that include L-systems and multi-parameter scripting within associative modelling software and other computation platforms, and with a series of visits from the Visiting Professors to the programme.
Studio Brief: Urban Surfaces
The studio researched, defined and examinde a patch of the city through a series of connected hierarchical scales. Just as biological and material systems operate at multiple levels of integrated organisation, an urban tissue was to be investigated at different operational scales and with specific microclimatic, typological and social organisations. A set of associative rules were to be generated at the scale of the building, block and superblock which in turn produced unique structural, spatial, and programmatic effects. The site was located on the Isle of Dogs, just south of Canary Wharf (below South Quay). Through computational means, the relationships of quality, intensity, and interactivity of different flows on site were to be applied to produce novel spatial organisations at the urban scale.