The use of digital tools in design and fabrication of architecture have become mainstream in architectural practice. Computer-aided design software (CAD) has become easier to learn and use. Its interface design is ever more adapted to the everyday work of architects. Nevertheless, there seems to be a gap in the way architects manipulate computer-based tools and the way these processes are articulated in architectural theory.

Lay summary

In this project, I propose a theoretical framework for an informed and productive discussion about the role of computation in design and making of architecture. 

The first step towards understanding the role of computation in architectural design will be to use classical interpretation and text mining on a combined corpus of architectural discourse in academia and in social media. Following the acquisition, computational tools will be developed to mine and organise the textual material. This analysis will open insights into what is perceived as essential in architectural experience (the experience of architectural, designed space) The project explores how the challenge of organising a discourse that addresses computational process in architectural design could be delegated to computation. These steps will be complemented by a continuous lecturing activity in the form of seminars on architecturality, which will be held every semester as part of the Architecture Theory department curriculum.

By developing the language that describes the convergences of architecture and computation, the outcomes of this project will help architects and theoreticians to discuss computational processes and outputs in a more informed and productive way. Next to this, the project contributes to a clarity in the transfer of computational concepts into the realm of the design of spaces, which can be described as digital literacy.