#Accelerate, 401–424

Chapter

Automated Architecture

Speculative Reason in the Age of the Algorithm

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EXCERPT

In the last forty years, with the algorithmic automation of spatiotemporal forms and structures, task-specific computer design, based on numerically controlled machines, has been absorbed within a more generic function of computation resulting in custom fabrication processes, machine control protocols, real time simulations that update live, and interactive models that can be directly tweaked and manipulated. More radically, the expansion of computational functions in design has led to the emergence of computational design thinking, whose focus on material properties, physical forces, pressures and constraints defines dynamic spatio-temporal forms in terms of non-binary and continuously heterogeneous variations of matter…