Digital Tools and High Performance Architecture

Authors: Aaron Brakke, César Díaz, Rodrigo Velazco

ABSTRACT: This paper breifly recounts how computational design has surfaced in the architectural discourse during the recent decades, developing into what is now called parametric design. In this context, the authors argue against Parametricism, an avante garde movement which is limited to the issues of style and aesthetic fitness, whilst an approach that uses parametric modelling, simulation and visualization in an iterative whay to generate design solutions for complexities of contemporary design problems is favoured. Following a discussion supported by representative examples from current paractice, a possible organizational structure more appropiate to take advantage of ditigtal tools to increase design performance is suggested.