living forces

Living Forces: parametric design for human health

Architects are increasingly employing computational tools as a means of visualizing and managing design responses to complex gradients of natural forces. The expanding role of digital design tools in the last decade has led to a definitive focus on the ability to customize architecture to (local) environmental forces (i.e wind, sun, site conditions). The architectural community refers to this as ‘performative’ architecture (performance-driven). However, this emphasis on responding to environmental forces without the follow-through to understand the effect on the human condition shows an inherent gap in the way architecture is still severely under-serving the human condition (architecture’s true client) especially given present-day advances in 3d (parametric) modeling and (human health) data accessibility.