From Discrete Structures to Mechanical Systems: A Framework for Creating Performance-Based Parametric Synthesis Tools

Kristina Shea and Alex C. Starling

This position paper outlines the authors’ vision for creating effective and innovative computational design synthesis tools. Development of performance-based synthesis methods is discussed in the context of a parametric synthesis framework that consists of four main phases: (1) investigate, (2) generate, (3) evaluate and (4) mediate. These four phases are described and analyzed in detail with examples from current research to develop methods for architectural, structural and mechanical design. So far, the prototype tools show great capacity for generating designs that exhibit performance-driven spatial innovation whereas achieving functional innovation is a future research goal.

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