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A survey of form creation processes within the evolution of the organic tradition in architecture

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2008
Ruhi, Işıl
Beginning with the developments in biological sciences since the 1750s, many scientists have been exploring the characteristics of Nature and the living. These developments, not only enabled humans to understand the interrelations among natural beings, but also influenced and shaped an organic tradition of architectural design during modernity. In many contemporary computer-aided projects, organicity is still seen to hold a decisive though different role in formal processes, as well as acting as a guide in the design process. The thesis explores the architectural design processes involved with the natural processes in form-making within the context of the computational paradigm. To this end, organic/genomic architecture examples are researched, proceeding through a historical analysis of the characteristics of the organic tradition in modern architecture, discussed and re-analyzed within the context of instances of contemporary organic projects in computer-aided design. Through the analysis of such projects and their properties, organicism is re-evaluated within the realm of computational design.