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genetic design

We program genetic design products or buildings that can automatically adjust to fit the needs of many different clients based on strategic algorithm implicitization.

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.

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. We have prepared a communication tool to coordinate effectively with our teams.

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, counterweight balance, custom 3D prints, tailored lasercut profiles, automated fabrication registrations, and aesthetic proportions 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.

We can fine tune the subdivision of complex site topography into zones to maximize cost effectiveness. In the example below, the blasting efforts on a large site were differentiated into cut and fill volumes based on the fluid control over building placement including its location and size.


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. We 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 and contribute improvements to our methods for global waste management. We believe our work has the potential to transform molten slag from a waste product into a valuable architectural material.

Custom Design


Genetic Design


Molten Slag

Mining Waste

Formid Seat

Structural Paper
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