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Parametric Design in Architecture

Parametric Design in Architecture

Laurence King

By Wassim Jabi


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Architects use computer-aided tools to help them
visualize their ideas and build models of their designs.
However, the majority of these models are built in
such a way that it makes them difficult to modify
interactively. Parametric design software addresses this
problem by allowing architects to specify relationships
among various parameters of their design model. The
advantage is that a designer can then change a few
parameters and the remainder of the model will react
and update accordingly and in a consistent manner
based on the pre-set associative rules.
Through a detailed description of various
parametric, generative, and algorithmic techniques,
this book provides a practical guide to generating
geometric and topological solutions for various
situations, including explicit step-by-step tutorials
that will enable the reader to understand both general
concepts and specific computational algorithms. While
the techniques and algorithms can be generalized
to suit to any parametric environment, the book
illustrates its concepts using the scripting languages
of one of the most powerful 3D visualization and
animation design software systems (Autodesk 3ds Max
MAXScript), one of the most popular open-source
Java-based scripting environments (Processing),
and a brand new language specifically tailored
for parametric and generative design (Autodesk
This clear, accessible book will have a wide appeal
to students who would like to experiment more
with parametric techniques but lack the skills and
knowledge to do so.

• Deals with one of the most cutting-edge areas in architectural

• The first accessible, practical book on this complex subject

• Full of clear, step-by-step exercises that students can follow

More Details

Size: 11 x 8 in;
Pages: 208 pp;
197 illustrations, 147 in color
Format: Paperback
Publication: September 2013
ISBN: 9781780673141
ISBN10: 1780673140
Wassim Jabi is Senior Lecturer at the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University. He has a PhD in Architecture from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Dr. Jabi is a past-president of the Association for Computer-Aided Design In Architecture (ACADIA) and a member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Architectural Computing (IJAC) and the International Journal of Heritage in the Digital Era (IJHDE). He has published numerous papers in the area of computer-supported collaborative design, computer-aided visualization, parametric design, and digital fabrication.

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