This course introduces Generative Design for architecture, the very same frontier of the digital revolution which is about to disrupt architecture as a process as well as a product. 

The architect is possibly the only artist that produces art without manipulating any physical matter himself. The immateriality of architectural design is mirrored into the use of computers since the end of the XXth century, as Computer-Aided-Design (first) and Building Information Modelling (later) have even substituted paper as a physical support for information exchange. But, do we really exploit what the computer allows? Humans are not capable of understanding worlds that have more than 3 dimensions (the so-called “curse of dimensionality”), while architectural problems are intrinsically multi-dimensional – having to bind space, time, socio-economical and sustainability matters (as well as esthetics and beauty) into one design. 

Generative Design is an exploration process grounded on the power of computers. It reframes the design journey into the construction and exploration of a design space made of hundreds or thousands computer-generated options that solve the same problem. Already established in fields of design with higher degree of freedom (i.e. product design or manufacturing), this iterative design process defies the limits of dimensionality and paves the way to data-driven collaborative decisions within the architectural practice as well. 

The course presents an infrastructure of freeware tools to construct and explore design spaces with Grasshopper for Rhino. Along the whole course, the 2021 trending #3DprintedConcrete will serve as a case study to experiment with a design topic in small groups.  The Rhino.Inside®.Revit will also present how to streamline the Generative Design methods into BIM. A max. of 6 students can apply to both DIABIM and DIAGeD, elaborating the GeD design topic in BIM as well. Because it´s logic, to move away from CAD.

Assignments are distributed after each class and eventually presented the week after. Both submissions and presentations award points. Submitting all assignments is sufficient to pass this course with a 4.00. Presentations and performance reward a grade up to 2.00. To get top marks, a final submission is required and includes the delivery of a design space, as taught in class, for each group. 

All materials (incl. last year use cases) are available online :