Conference Paper: Peer Reviewed

Architect’s Feasible Design Solution Space: Case studies of non-standard façade design practice in China

by Wang S. and Crolla K.

ABSTRACT | Facing China’s challenging construction context, notorious for its high speed, poor detailing, and low budget, an ideal digital paradigm for non-standard architectural practice may be inaccessible. How-ever, a group of Chinese avant-garde practitioners has successfully bypassed these restrictions by including regional idiosyncrasies into their computation-driven design and materialisation methods. This paper raises the argument that a critical component to those successes is that their parametrically established exploration space responds to local constraints. Here, we study two non-standard façades from architectural practice Archi-Solution Workshop and discuss the architect’s strategies.

KEYWORDS | Design solution space; parametric modelling; non-standard; challenging context; Archi-Solution Workshop

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CITATION | Wang, Sining, and Kristof Crolla. “Architect’s Feasible Design Solution Space – Case studies of non-standard façade design practice in China”. in W. Huang, M. Williams, D. luo, Y. Wu, Y. Lin (eds.), Learning, Adapting and Prototyping – Short Paper Proceedings of the 23rd CAADRIA Conference, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, 17-19 May 2018, pp. 21-26