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Architectonics and Parametric Thinking
Computational Modeling for Beginning Design

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ISBN 9781032180533
June 13, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
298 Pages 450 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book is an approachable guide for students and professionals to learn parametric modeling through the lens of architectonics, allowing readers to pair fundamental ideas about architecture with parametric thinking.

The book begins by clearly positioning the potentials of parametric design through a series of chapters written by leaders in their respective industries. This helps to situate the vast potential of parametric softwares, allowing the reader to understand the full range of what is made possible by working computationally. Following this theoretical introduction, the book presents a manual that walks readers through the step-by-step construction of parametric modeling scripts built through an architectonic lens using clear, compelling diagrams. Each of these diagrams provides textual accompaniment that describes how each new portion of the script is transforming the algorithm as a whole, as well as diagrams that show the physical transformation that is taking place as a result of the script’s evolution.

Parametric modeling is radically transforming the design disciplines and will become the primary way designer’s generate new products moving forward. Written and expertly designed for architecture students and professionals, this book provides an interactive approach to teaching the basics of parametric thinking in relation to architecture and design.

Table of Contents

1. Logics  Introduction  The Power of Parametric Thinking  Invisible Parametrics  Architectonics and Parametric Thinking  Customization’s Parametric Play  Classical Architecture as Parametric Construct  Parametric Thinking and Sustainable Design  Fabricating Parametric Thinking  Spatial Computing, Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Parametric Design  2. Elements 3 Constructions  3.1 Frame Objects  3.2 Plane Objects  3.3 Solid Objects  3.4 Hybrid Objects  4. Morphologies

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Frank Jacobus is an award-winning artist, educator, and principal architect of SILO AR+D. He has completed residential and institutional projects across the United States. SILO’s architecture is recognized nationally and internationally with design awards and was selected recently as an Emerging Voice by the Architectural League of New York, and as a Next Progressive by Architecture Magazine. Frank’s other book projects include "Archi-Graphic: An Infographic Look at Architecture", "The Visual Biography of Color", and "The Making of Things: Modeling Processes and Effects in Architecture".

Angela Carpenter is the Fabrication Labs Manager at the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design Build Lab. Angela oversees the facility and integration of building focused courses taught at all scales. She provides expertise and instructional support in digital fabrication techniques and procuring specialized equipment. Angela has taught as a Visiting Assistant Professor and Instructor in advanced Design-Build studios and Additive Manufacturing. Her experience has allowed for developing multi-scale investigations in material manipulation and construction advancements.

Rachel Smith Loerts is a Visiting Instructor at the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design. After working four years as a project designer for multiple architecture firms, Rachel spent six years managing Digital Fabrication Laboratories. As manager she facilitated student and faculty digital fabrication processes for design studios, seminars, fabrication research, and community outreach programs. During this time, she was awarded the Tau Sigma Delta Silver Medal for her commitment to developing student fabrication knowledge.

Antonello Di Nunzio is a freelance architect and programmer who develops innovative tools for more environmentally conscious architectural design. He has more than six years of practical experience as consultant and open-source developer in the AEC industry. He worked at Accenture as senior programmer and collaborates with the University of Arkansas Rome Center and with different companies such as Sinergi Integrated Building Sciences as environmental simulation specialist for LEED. Currently Antonello works mainly with Ladybug Tools LLC as an application developer to innovate the AEC industry.

Francesco Bedeschi is an architect and an educator. Since 2003 Francesco is an adjunct professor of architecture at the University of Arkansas Rome Center and since 2019, he has taken the role of Director. In 2007-2008 Francesco became connected with the green building movement in the United States. He is now a member of the Green Building Council Italia where he currently serves on the executive board. Since 2010 he has collaborated with SINERGI Integrated Building Sciences.