Geometry and Architecture: Parametricism, Morphology, Design Methodology
Guest Editor: Vilmos Katona Ph.D.
Architecture has its roots in geometry, which is drawn etymologically from “earth measuring”. Geometry was originally used for drawing ground plans in order to create bases for buildings. The Pythagorean theorem furnished us with a practical way to employ the right angle, the quintessence of architecture. However, despite its benefits during planning and construction, geometry, as an independent discipline, has its own rules and possibilities that facilitate morphologies free from the ties of gravity and matter. Starting from Platonic and Archimedean solids, architecture has been applying many of the free forms of a “celestial” geometry in order to reconnect them to the physical level.
This mission became more difficult from the 1980s, when, after the controversial trend of post-modernism, contemporary architecture recognised deconstruction as its ultimate prospect. Deconstruction, folding and topography called for new methodologies no longer viable without virtual design platforms. The virtual space of computer design was first colonised by tectonic culture, but parametricism evolved to such a level that its new methodology was capable of questioning the traditional logic of building. The virtual space of generative design has grown so autonomous that it developed new languages, applied formerly unfamiliar or unknown symmetries, and, by its computing apparatus, redefined geometry and changed construction practices. With such a potential, architecture has reached the threshold of becoming fully algorithmic. The exploration of this area is the core purpose of our issue. We invite architects, designers, artists, software developers, architectural historians, theorists, and urbanists who research digital morphogenesis, research new design methodologies, or re-interpret historical buildings with generative or algorithmic approaches to submit their articles for publication. Authors with new and unpublished research on the application of non-standard symmetries in design are especially encouraged.
Please, follow the instructions for authors and use the MS Word (preferred) and TeX style-sheets downloadable from the bottom of the page Instructions. Take special care to note: (1) the page size, margins, running heads; (2) the use of the built in styles; and (3) follow precisely the given style of references. For MS Word users, use MathType for formulas and equations.
The length of the papers may vary from 6 to 16 pages, including illustrations. Please note that the papers will be published both electronically and printed form. We can publish colour illustrations online, but we can print those illustrations in b/w only. The latter means that colours should be made distinguishable in grey-scales after conversion into b/w.
Deadline for submissions is April 3, 2020. The papers will be peer-reviewed before a decision is made on their acceptance.
Submission: Please, send the manuscripts to the issue’s Editor.