The Georgia Tech School of Architecture's Shape Computation Lab explores how the visual nature of shape – and its ability to seamlessly shift and recombine to produce new opportunities for creative designers and reflective critics alike - can be formally implemented with new software technologies to assist seeing and doing in design in profoundly new ways.
About the Lab
The way that the lab approaches modeling in design is radically different from past and current approaches including all current geometric, parametric and generative modeling approaches in computer-aided design.
The work at the lab builds on the shape grammar formalism and the ways it has theorized a new way of computing that foregrounds the visual over the symbolic, but significantly extends it in three diverse ways:
Current projects deal with design automation, visual programming, intelligent CAAD systems, formal specification of shape and style, all foregrounding the visual – and computational – basis for design in spatial systems. The work draws upon relations with other disciplines at Georgia Tech including mathematics, computer science, cognitive science and philosophy.