Computational Design Culture
Scripting, Simulation, and the Making of Architecture

This 1.5-day conference will bring together architects, engineers, software developers and scholars of architectural theory, philosophy of science, and media studies to explore how and in what particular manner computer simulations and scripting techniques have an epistemic and aesthetic impact on the design and making of architecture. Papers and project presentations will offer an insight into the novel modes of code-controlled design and production by discussing the various methods, approaches, strategies, and translations involved within computational processes and fabrication tools. The conference aims to discuss a series of issues that include (but are not limited to) the following questions:

How and why do architects and engineers integrate computer simulations in their design and planning processes? What are the selection criteria for parameters and algorithms and how do they have an agency within a simulation or script? How do software and scripting contribute as tools and mediums to analysis, design, and fabrication and what are the implications for architects and engineers in becoming programmers and software developers? What is the potential of design computation for the improvement of communication and collaboration between architects, engineers, and programmers? Furthermore, what are the characteristics of a computational design culture and how do algorithmic practices and techniques affect the ways we describe, experience, and discuss architecture?

Presenters include:

• Achim Menges

• Jan Knippers

• Matias del Campo & Sandra Manninger

• Moritz Heimrath

• Stefan Rutzinger & Kristina Schinegger

• Barbara Imhof

• Mario Carpo

• Andrea Graser

• Gabriele Gramelsberger

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