Performative Design Strategies

The Synthesis Process of a Woven Complexity

Authored by: Pieter de Wilde , Clarice Bleil de Souza

The Routledge Companion to Paradigms of Performativity in Design and Architecture

Print publication date:  December  2019
Online publication date:  December  2019

Print ISBN: 9780367076191
eBook ISBN: 9780429021640
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This chapter focuses on the synthesis of performative building design. Performative design requires the use of analysis tools and building information modelling to predict performance and guide activities and decisions. However, there are different views of design: design as a sequence of design experiments, design as the finding of solutions to design problems, and design as purely rational decision making. Existing tools and software are only partly aligned with these views, posing challenges for those wishing to employ them. This chapter reviews the fit between these views of the design process and computational support for performative design. It is concluded that the traditional roles of architects and engineers may need revision. Furthermore, there is a need to develop a new design curriculum that caters for performative design.

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