Algorithmic Design

Still wondering what those battery things are in Grasshopper? In recent years, algorithmic and parametric design processes have become a mainstream part of the design process. There are many great resources out there today that engage this broad topic in different ways. This toolbelt is a collection of basic resources including theoretical, educational, and practical aspects of varying parametric and algorithmic design processes. Understand that this topic is quite broad and may be defined in many conflicting ways. Are you reading this and see something that’s missing? Added to the comments section at the bottom!

To supplement these resources, we would also like to introduce the brand new Section Cut Podcast, a new “dimension” of our How To section. Like what you hear? Questions or comments? Let us know at the bottom of the page. We hope you enjoy!







Texts

Covering everything from the nuts and bolts of parametric design, precedents and examples of recent work, or the theoretical implications of coding on society, these texts serve as a great groundwork for algorithmic design processes.


Blogs + Tutorials

Covering everything from the nuts and bolts of parametric design, precedents and examples of recent work, or the theoretical implications of coding on society, these texts serve as a great groundwork for algorithmic design processes.


Applications

Currently the most popular parametric design software is Grasshopper for Rhinoceros, as well as the BIM modeler Revit by Autodesk. However there are countless smaller apps for coding, as well as plug-ins for grasshopper, which we highlight here.



This toolbelt is clearly not an exhaustive list. If you have questions, additional resources that really MUST be included, or ideas for a new toolbelt, tell us about it below!

CREDITS: The image used is from Great White by Robert Yuen, Geoffrey Salvatore, Andrew Wolking, and Ted Teng, 2012.

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