Conference Paper: Peer Reviewed

Design practice complexity in the Post-Digital age: theoretical discussion and comparative case study of non-standard building façades

by Wang S. and Crolla K.

ABSTRACT | This paper starts by introducing an expression proposed by William J. Mitchell measuring the “complexity” of a designed and constructed architectural project. After reviewing other interpretations of this term, as well as specific peculiarities from the building industry, the article expands this metric from an organisational and technological perspective. This is followed by the case studies of six non-standard facades whose process complexities are driven by their project-specific affordances. By comparing built projects of different architects and implementation environments, the paper suggests specific criteria for non-standard architectural designs. Application of acquired knowledge has the potential to help architects better control their project’s design and construction solution space.

KEYWORDS | Project Complexity; Measurement; Non-Standard; China

CITATION |Wang, Sining and Kristof Crolla, “Design practice complexity in the Post-Digital age: theoretical discussion and comparative case study of non-standard building façades.” in M. Haeusler, M. A. Schnabel, T. Fukuda (eds.), Intelligent & Informed – Proceedings of the 24th CAADRIA Conference – Volume 2, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand, 15-18 April 2019, pp. 481-490.