We program genetic design products or buildings that can automatically adjust to fit the needs of many different clients. The programming of a genetic design is similar to making a seed, where genetic information governs the design variation so each seed produces a unique finely tuned tree, yet despite their differences, they are all collectively identifiable as the same type of tree. This genetic design appraoch is valuable for many reasons, for instance we believe our work has the potential to transform molten slagfrom a waste product into a valuable architectural material. We also deepen our project impacts by seeing our genetic design work through to production as part of our evolving design process. Our research, development and commercialization work takes place with a diverse team of specialists in other fields to suit the specific needs of the innovative work.
Our most advanced representation of a genetic design so far has been our Formid seat. Other work in this section has either generated parts of the idea or will be our next evolution of the idea.
Below we have parametrically linked the parameters for structural sizing, biomechanical fit, density balance, fabrication consistency, and aesthetic preferences together seamelssly.
A considerable amount of coordinated complexity can be converted into simple buildable instructions for manual or digital assembly. Whether variation is expressed within a single building design or accross multiple building iterations, both can benefit from the automation of coordination.
Our approach to design can be applied to many scales, extending beyond the scope of traditional architecture. In particular we have developed a customizable approach to product design that permits us to fit with a variety of custom environmental and human parameters.
We strongly believe in the intersection of research and professional practice and use research to push design philosophies, construction techniques, material characteristics, and spatial possibilities forward. We have a genetic design roadmap to scale up our efforts into architecture and contribute improvements to our methods for global waste management.