Programming Architecture: an integrated algorithm design for a wooden building
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In this thesis work I will argue for programming in the field of architecture. Through the realization of a wooden building – for the Vaasa’s Wooden Tower of Innovation competition – I am going to explore and demonstrate how automation can be implemented in the design and production processes of a project. The first chapter will briefly set the theoretical background of the thesis. It will define what is the approach behind programming and how it is being integrated in the architectural practice. The aim of the chapter is to introduce this new method of thinking by explaining the concept of parametric design and digital craftmanship. The second and core part of the thesis will be an exploration of how automation can be integrated and serve in the design and production processes of a project. The task chosen for the design is the Vaasa’s Wooden Tower of Innovation competition. The intention will be to show how algorithmic based design eases the realisation of complex geometries, from conception to manufacturing phases. Every step of the process will be explained in order to demonstrate where parametric design has been used and how it has been benefitting the process compared to traditional thinking. Finally, the conclusion will summarize the ideas developed in the thesis by presenting a synthesis of the workflow and projecting how this new digital approach could change the way architects work in the coming years.