Bit by Brick: Computing Architectural Design contains innovative ideas that include a computer-based design system for passing an architectural Turing test, representing architectural entities as virtual computers, representing architectural design as the interaction of a network of computers, using the synthesizing operations of forms and spaces in architecture as the basis for an architectural programming language, representing an algorithmic design process as an application-specific integrated circuit for hardware implementation, using the concept of a locus to generate spatial forms in architecture, using effectors and sensors to optimize architectural forms, making architectural forms dynamically adaptive using effectors, suggesting a liminal space between architectural forms in which effectors can operate, using intensional definitions to drive the generation of architectural forms deriving from morphogenesis in developmental biology, using the clustering of performance criteria to generate spatial relationships in an architectural design, processing objective sensory information used to record architecture using a neuronal transformation to make the sensory data more subjective, and exploring the abstract space of conjectural intersections of seemingly exclusive entities have all been introduced and described.
Chapter 1 Provocation
Chapter 2 Acoustic Sculpting: A Computer-Aided Approach to Optimal Auditorium Design
Chapter 3 A Locus-Based Approach to Designing Spatial Environments
Chapter 4 From Visualization to Performance: Enhanced Boundary Representation as a Unifying Framework for Building Simulation
Chapter 5 Embracing Complexity in Design: Poche, Polyhedra Transformation, and Dynamic Adaptive Systems
Chapter 6 Harnessing Object-Oriented Computing for Architectural Design: A Parallel Model for Structure Analysis
Chapter 7 Architectural Computing: The Confluence of Computing and Architectural Design
Chapter 8 The Connections-Based Paradigm: A Method to Map the Genome of Architectural Design
Chapter 9 Architectural Form and Biological Inquiry: A Paradigm Shift in Design
Chapter 10 Advancements in Simulation of Sound Propagation, Image Processing, and Cluster Analysis in Design
Conclusion Bridging Computation and Architectural Design - A Comprehensive Journey of Exploration and Innovation
Ganapathy Mahalingam is a well-established researcher in the field of computer-aided architectural design. His research focuses on using computer technology for the process of architectural design. Professor Mahalingam holds a Ph.D. in Architecture, which he earned at the University of Florida in 1995. For his doctoral dissertation, Dr. Mahalingam developed a computer-based design system for the design of proscenium-type auditoriums.
Created using the Smalltalk programming language and the VisualWorks software development environment, the Auditorium Design System represents the successful characterization of the process of designing the spatial enclosure of an auditorium as an algorithm. A pioneering implementation of object-oriented computing in architectural design, the Algorithmic Auditorium project continues to explore and explicate the computability of design.
Dr. Mahalingam is now exploring well-defined methodologies to discover computational structures in Architecture, to model buildings as networks (especially as energy networks), to model sensor and actuator networks for environmental control in buildings, and to articulate an architectural programming language.
Dr. Mahalingam served as the President of the Association for Computer-Aided Design In Architecture (ACADIA) from 2001 to 2003. ACADIA is the premier organization in the United States for educators, researchers and practitioners in the field of computer-aided design in architecture. In 2009, Dr. Mahalingam founded Digital Design Solutions LLC, a software company in the state of North Dakota to create software products for the design professions.
Dr. Mahalingam served as the Interim Chair of the Department of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at NDSU from 2008 to 2012, and as the Architecture Program Director from 2002 to 2008. Having been on the faculty at NDSU for 30 years, Dr. Mahalingam brings a wealth of knowledge and skills to the aspiring students of Architecture at NDSU. He teaches the Design Thesis Studio, the Advanced Architectural Design Studio, a lecture course on Thesis Research, and a seminar on the Architecture of India.