From Abstraction to Algorithm

Conference: The Kyoto Conference on Arts, Media & Culture (KAMC2022)
Title: From Abstraction to Algorithm
Stream: Aesthetics and Design
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
Melinda Bognár, Budapest University of Technology and Economics / NIMS, Hungary


Architectural design is always influenced by the medium used to represent it. The available tools define, limit, and guide the evolution of the plan. There is no thought without form, which form can be linguistic, visual, or even algorithmic.
The digital revolution gives rise to change in the process of architectural design and creation. We are currently experiencing a transition period when we are using our new devices based on the logic of our previous devices. However, the digital revolution does result in not only a change of means but also a logical change in the creative process.
The industrial revolution approached design from the final form in accordance with the logic of assembling from the elements. The current presentation seeks the creative logic of the digital age, along with its connection points to the already known creative phenomena and modes of expression, following the process from the birth of the idea to its realization.
The presentation will show the extract of an ongoing doctoral research, a theoretical overview of the ways of communication, digital representation, and form. From Abstraction to Algorithm refers to the shift in the embodiment of the Platonic idea revisiting the three main epochs of artisanal, industrial, and digital. This study contributes to a better understanding of the changes in current architectural design practice while encouraging the thoughtful application of computational design.

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