Week 1

What is “parametric modeling” in your own words? What is the importance of parametric modeling in architecture ?

 To my understanding, parametric modeling is a more calculated version of other digital modeling tools. In the article we read for class the author talks about how parametric modeling shifts architectural design from designing geometric shapes to “setting up geometric relationships and principles described through parametric equations…” This leaves me to believe that parametric modeling is a much more calculated approach towards digital fabrication to emphasize designs and relationships rather than simple geometric building shapes.


 How does it differ from what came before? Do you think parametric modeling is mainly for making free-form “blob” architecture?

 The article talks about how design involves both exploration and resolution and how the objective of design tools is to capture both. I don’t think that design tools prior to parametric design were insufficient, but I believe that parametric modeling allows design to go further with exploration therefore resolves solutions further in depth than design tools before.

I don’t know that parametric modeling is “mainly” for free-form blob architecture but I do think that parametric modeling is hugely beneficial in exploring the abstraction of blob architecture and achieving abstraction in free-form design.


 This article was published in 2006 when such approaches were fairly new. Do you think they are more widely used now?  Very widely or only a little more?  Base your response on some sort of external source of information (web or article),  and cite your source

 I think that the approaches in this article are much more widely used now. In the article, “New Forms that Function Better” by Allison Arieff, architect Mathew Pierce talks about how parametric modeling allows for “millions of possibilities” for any single project. He talks more specifically about how parametric modeling allows designers to maximize possibilities of every realm of design from day lighting to ceiling height. This leads me to believe that the ten years between when these articles were published has revealed the possibilities of what parametric modeling has to offer the design community.



 Have you used anything like parametric modeling yourself? Do you think you will use it professionally later in your career?

I have never personally done any type of parametric modeling and I am unsure if I will ever use it in my career or not. I am doing the dual-degree major in Architectural Design and Construction management and I intend to pursue the construction side of things rather than the architectural side. However, with the skills I will learn in architectural design school I wouldn’t be opposed to being involved in the design aspect of jobs down the road.


 Can you think of ways it might be used in your design studios now?   If so, how?

 I think that parametric modeling could be incorporated into our design studios now based off the simplicity of our projects. Designing very basic forms and spaces could provide a good opportunity to understand the basics and begin to learn the art of parametric modeling.