Operationalising Architecture’s Core Competency: Agent-based Parametric Semiology

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DC I/O 2020 keynote by PATRIK SCHUMACHER


Architecture’s social functionality resides to a large extent in its communicative capacity. The built environment orders social processes through its pattern of spatial distinctions and connections that in turn facilitates a desired pattern of social events. The functioning of the desired social interaction scenarios depends on the participants’ successful orientation and navigation within the designed environment. The built environment, with its complex matrix of territorial distinctions, is a navigable, information-rich interface of communication. To order and articulate this interface is the core competency of architecture. This core competency is reckoning with users as sentient, socialized actors who use the built environment as an orienting matrix and text of instructions within which myriads of nuanced social protocols are inscribed.


DC I/O 2020, Agents, Architecture, AI, Parametricism, Simulation, Cognition.


DOI: https://doi.org/10.47330/DCIO.2020.NBNB5275

Video Presentation: https://youtu.be/ZIplsTA5hLs

Full text in: Maciel, A. (Ed.), 2020. Design Computation Input/Output 2020, 1st ed. Design Computation, London, UK. ISBN: 978-1-83812-940-8, DOI:10.47330/DCIO.2020.QPRF9890