1st Edition

Case Studies in Parametric Design A Guide to Visual Scripting in Architecture

By Jeffrey Collins Copyright 2024
    362 Pages 319 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    362 Pages 319 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Case Studies in Parametric Design is a guide to scripting digital models for architects, designers, and builders.

    The use of parametric design in architecture has afforded the realization of incredible built work; modelling software can resolve complex geometry and aid in the development of stunning creations. Methods for creating the digital models to achieve these results, however, can be perplexing. Learning curves are steep, and benefits garnered from adapting existing workflows to incorporate new tools may appear trivial. This book describes programming techniques for a variety of buildings and provides novices an understanding of language and processes, challenges intermediate users with rigor and intentionality, and offers proficient practitioners objectives beyond novel form-making. The case studies consist of six mass topologies and six facade topologies; each includes sample topology models and scripts, descriptions of steps for generating customizable parametric models, and suggestions for additional modelling inquiries.

    This is essential reading for students and practitioners interested in harnessing the full potential of parametric design.

    1. Extrude  2. Loft  3. Stack  4. Carve  5. Nest  6. Trim  7. Quad  8. Diamond  9. Tessellate  10. Attractor  11. Irregular  12. Layer


    Jeffrey Collins is a Registered Architect and Associate Professor of Architecture at Kennesaw State University. He earned his B.S.Arch and M.Arch degrees from The Ohio State University and his doctorate with concentration in design computation from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Collins has been honored by AIA Atlanta with the Emerging Voices Citation and by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) as a Scholar in Professional Practice.

    Case Studies in Parametric Design provides a welcoming entry point for architecture students and professionals interested in learning visual scripting. Collins presents clear diagrams, straightforward text, and accessible terminology to describe the timeless logics of geometric relationships in architecture.” Shelby Elizabeth Doyle, AIA, LEED AP, Associate Professor, Department of Architecture, Iowa State University, USA

    “At a critical time while we are experiencing a paradigm shift in design practice, Case Studies in Parametric Design highlights the importance of metric-based solutions, preparing designers for a more performative future.”
    Arash Soleimani, Ph.D., Chair, Design Computation and Applied Computer Science – Media Arts Associate Professor, School of Architecture, Woodbury University, USA