Introduction To Parametrics

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Introduction To Parametrics
Introduction To Parametrics

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Manifesto by Patrick Schumacher

It is believed that parametrism officially began with the manifesto, which the Ph. D. and director of Zaha Hadid Architects Patrick Schumacher released in 2008, although architects began working with algorithms long before that. The text is called a clear and coherent theoretical platform and matrix of parametricism. You can read the manifesto in Russian here.

Branch point

The Russian research project of parametric architecture has existed since 2010. Here lectures, workshops and research are accumulated and held. The participants even made a film about how Shukhov's legacy affects the development of parametric and generative ideas of Russian young architects and artists. The best way to keep up with the news is through your Facebook page. Earlier we published an article by one of the founders of "Tochka" Eduard Hayman, which can be considered a setting.

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Instagram aggregator with half a million subscribers and exciting content, every picture depicts the world of the future. Readers are introduced both to small objects - student works or interior items, and to inspire with completed buildings and master plans.

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The most obvious way is to get inspired and learn from recognized masters. Instagram accounts are maintained, for example, by Zaha Hadid Architects, MAD Architects, BIG, MIT Media Lab, Synthesis Design + Architecture, Coop Himmelb (l) au, ETH Zurich.

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Neri Oxman

The brilliant Neri Oxman leads the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Media Lab, where she teaches material ecology, a discipline based on computational design, synthetic biology, and 3D printing technology. Students study the characteristics of algae, fungi, bees and even E. coli in order to apply this knowledge in architecture and design. Now MoMA is hosting a personal exhibition of Neri Oxman, where, among other things, a pavilion created by silkworms is presented. The exhibition is accompanied by on-line materials: interviews, texts and stories of Neri herself about the exhibits. The laboratory's website is also a valuable resource, at least amazed by its extensive bibliography.

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Michael Pauline

Michael Pauline is a leader in biomimetic architecture. In 2007 he founded the studio of regenerative design Exploration, in 2011 his book "Biomimicry in Architecture" was published by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). One of the most famous projects Michael has participated in is the Sahara Forest, which aims to provide fresh water, food and renewable energy to the arid region, as well as to restore vegetation.

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SA lab

The St. Petersburg laboratory is one of the best young architectural firms in Russia and specializes in the use of algorithmic design methods, with their help developing both small pavilions and the concept of redevelopment of industrial territories. In quarantine, the laboratory has launched a series of free webinars, where it talks in detail about the origins of parametrics and gives practical advice. Also, the SA lab team enthusiastically maintains a telegram channel, collecting information about competitions, projects and scripts.

Arturo Tedeschi

An Italian architect, he worked for Zaha Hadid Architects, wrote a book "Parametric architecture" and a guide to algorithmic design, read a series of lectures and seminars and found a "cloud" bureau A> T. Arturo researches and uses in his work methods of augmented and virtual reality, robotic milling and 3D printing, artificial intelligence. A> T recently launched a series of online seminars, some of which are available free of charge.

Simplex Noise

The studio for computational design and digital manufacturing technologies, founded in 2013, conducts online courses in Russian: in one month, students get acquainted with the Rhinoceros and Grasshopper tools and create their own algorithmic project.

Soft culture

An educational platform for architects, whose team includes specialists from Strelka KB, Meganom bureau, Skuratov Architects and others, runs marathons and short sighting sessions. Here they will tell you how to create maps and diagrams using Grashopper, and using Rhinoceros - beautiful visualizations, teach the full cycle of algorithmic design on the projects of Mies van der Rohe, Peter Zumthor or Zaha Hadid.

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The intensive "Parametric Design" at MARSH is distinguished by the fact that students work with a real customer, who provides one of their objects for an experiment with the possible use of the most successful project. In three months, students go through a full cycle of architectural design using parametric methods - from an idea to a material mockup in real scale.


The editors would like to thank the SA lab and Alina Chereiskaya for their help in preparing the material.

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