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Architectural Genomics

The simultaneous maturation of two aspects of digital design is having a profound effect on a designer’s ability to better investigate the “design space” for a given project. First, we are seeing increasing user-friendliness of environmental, structural simulation, and analysis programs. Second, we are seeing the adoption of parametric modeling programs (as well as the scripting of generative algorithms) that enable much quicker changes to the geometry models while preserving geometric integrity. This paper provides an introduction to the concept of genetic algorithms and a sampling of how they are being explored as an optimization search strategy for various building projects in the BlackBox Studio at SOM.