Architecture Beyond CAD
It is about root and branch of building and urban design. The importance of the field is plain, not however its inadequacy, nor the fact that the theoretical arsenal of modern theories of complexity is barred to the industry. Building information has become exceedingly demanding. Under the strain, the architect and the urbanist mendaciously leave their business to builders and speculators. The problem is technical, while it is not done to propose technical solutions to social and civic issues. So
Describe the critical need your solution addresses.
Our method is past experimental stage—we have filed the patent application—but still some time from commercial use. It has all the potential to become a factor in architectural and urban design pushing both out of the doldrums. It may well be that it will not be received without reservation by the mainstream architectural establishment, for it imposes an unconventional degree of formal discipline to a field in which at present there is little. It may become the link to the techniques of complexity (chaos) at the present barred to architecture and urban design.
Experimentation has shown that the logic of the method in no way restrains creativity. Not only it allows encapsulation of any architectural form imaginable in the traditional manner but makes possible a much wider range of now inconceivable architectural concepts. The benefits of logic and discipline, accuracy of design, its completeness and consistency—will set much higher standards for building information management, direct line to CNC fabrication.
The method enables us to define architectural form as fully-fledged topological entity (in rigorous mathematical terms), subsequently reified in recursive steps to arbitrarily small detail. Topological matrix is set by the use of algorithms coupled with mathematical functions with succinct data structures based on a finite universe and cell-probe models. Thus the initial architectural form is fragmented in a process perhaps best explained when likened to cell differentiation as known in biology. The openness of the system at the bottom end enables direct transmission of arbitrarily articulate design information (of precision and consistency unattainable in event driven mode) to either project management, to fabrication of components and to assembly on site.
We are working on a number of prototypes to bring out the potential of the system. Prize monies will go towards the development of two designs. One for a tall building, elaborated down to the executive level of design, to thus demonstrate the technical import of the system. The other for a large scale urban development (preferably on the case of an existent city) to show how the system is applicable to social, economic, environmental and cultural issues.
Explain your initiative in more depth and its stage of development.
Key social, economic, environmental and cultural issues depend on competent urban design, but civilized urban development is beyond the reach of the developed world. Its surrogates flourish where money is diverted to building from other needs. Where norms of European enlightenment apply, its cost is prohibitive.
The field that should be at the cutting edge of technology is stunted by dated techniques, unable to handle complexity. The responsibility for urban design is assumed to be the means by which the multitudes that make architectural offices more like medieval manufactories than modern information governed processes.
With the prevalent state of the mind, to draw attention to technique and discipline and claim therein lies the solution to the above key issues is a bold initiative. We meet the Challenge entry criteria by maintaining that the stated problems have a technical solution with wide reaching consequences—a 'trimtab' par excellence.
How does your strategy and approach respond creatively and comprehensively to key issues?
We are a small team of architects, system engineers and mathematicians, highly qualified professionals working in real-world environment on building and urban design, teaching, fundamental research in mathematics, computer science and architecture. We believe we have produced a new paradigm in building design that represents a significant breakthrough in a competitive field.
Our research is privately funded. We have brought the system to the stage where nearly all conceptual problems are resolved. We have mastered an extensive idiosyncratic know-how. We are able to assume responsibility for rapid implementation of the system in all crucial spheres: design, fabrication and assembly on site. That however requires substantial additional funding.
We are currently looking for partners, preferably engineering firms of stature to supply the necessary complementary know-how and manpower for further development of the system as a joint venture, but would consider any other combination within which we can maintain a decisive role in the development of the specific part covered by our innovation and be given full credit for it.
We have been in contact with some important construction firms, demonstrating a number of experimental prototype designs. The system has undergone a thorough examination by our patent attorneys who thought it deserving of patent application.