The advantages of blurred vision: Uncertainty in architectural production
Allen, Scott Hosmer
Master of Architecture
The field of Developmental Biology uses modeling and simulation tools to study relationships between growth and form as they are impacted by contextual factors; an endeavor architectural practice is inextricably linked with. One such tool is the Lindenmayer System (L-System), which couples a written set of production rules with drawing rules to generate morphological descriptions of phenomena being simulated. In this experiment, an L-System is developed and implemented as a means to generate usable surfaces within an office environment. The use of a rule-based approach to architectural process is an attempt at suspending primary control over a project's development and outcome, removing to a degree bias and habit from the equation. Such a situation where intent becomes procedurally blurred can then engender a condition of plasticity within the areas of both process and product, an advantageous position as we struggle to practice within an increasingly fluid environment.