Separation of concerns: strategies for complex parametric design modelling

Pena De Leon, A 2014, Separation of concerns: strategies for complex parametric design modelling, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Architecture and Design, RMIT University.


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Title Separation of concerns: strategies for complex parametric design modelling
Author(s) Pena De Leon, A
Year 2014
Abstract Parametric design systems are indispensable in enabling flexibility during the delivery of solutions to geometrically complex and ill-formed design problems. However, this flexibility is provided at the expense of coercing designers into adopting a highly structured design process. While this inflexibility has been widely documented in the literature, there are no examples of strategies for overcoming it. I have investigated how to overcome the inflexibility inherent in parametric modeling systems through the development of two major strategies and eight sub strategies. The strategies were developed through a mixed-method research methodology combining the case-study method and the action research method, in order to analyse the eight real world case-studies presented in support of this thesis.
The primary finding of this research is that we need better ways to integrate automation in design modelling while simultaneously we need more tacit interaction through “Direct Modelling” with our models in order to achieve a greater flexibility in design modelling.
The approaches analysed in this thesis have demonstrated through the eight specific case-studies how designers can reasonably achieve disruptive variation within the flexible design environments which the parametric design paradigm fosters. The three intervention modes: Internal Code, External Code and Bespoke Approach, addressed challenges to flexibility within parametric design software and ways to overcome them depending on the nature of the problem and the suitability of the strategy to the design problem.
Degree Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Institution RMIT University
School, Department or Centre Architecture and Design
Keyword(s) Parametric Design
Facade Rationalisation
Design Computation
Ill-Formed Design Problems
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