What is algorithmic design?
The use of mathematical processes to solve problems.
And it is already gaining traction in multiple sectors of the economy.
Algorithms control many elements of our lives: the music we hear, the shows we watch, the stories we read, and even how we vote. They've been used most commonly to uncover consumers' preferences and make recommendations, but now brands are starting to integrate them into the products themselves.
Eventually, maybe, but we already know how to redesign streets to save lives. Cities and tech firms are deploying new technology to gauge risks at dangerous intersections. These sensors, cameras, and machine-learning algorithms are promising, especially when it comes to measuring close calls that don't result in crashes - but the applications of this information are still getting fleshed out.
Pick a building on the horizon-any building will do-and consider for a moment how it came to be. Long before construction began, there was an architect and a blueprint. The blueprint bore a design that came from an idea the architect had about how the building should look.
Cells contain massive amounts of information. If we stretch the total DNA in our bodies it will be about 16 to 32 billion kilometers. Now, that is a lot of code. We cannot pack in more information than that. If we were to include the exact location and dimensions and geometric details of the circulatory...
Dinotopia artist Jim Gurney says: "Computer modeling tools such as ZBrush and Maya have made it easier to visualize whatever form that a human designer imagines.|And 3D printing has made it possible to translate that design into physical form." The generative process yields dozens or even hundreds of options, and the human can select which one to produce.
Algorithmic design online education site, ThinkParametric, has three new courses that teach powerful plugins for the ubiquitous Grasshopper for Rhino. ThinkParametric, as Architosh has written about before, offers the types of courses that are rooted in the future of design-courses about algorithmic design and computational design thinking.
American architects have masterminded dozens of suburban housing styles. Wright created the Prairie homes, Cliff May had his ranch houses, and developer Joseph Eichler introduced modern design to the middle class. And of course, there's the McMansion.