Generative architecture can be more broadly defined as employing a generative system – such as a set of natural language rules, a computer program, a set of geometrical transformations, a diagram, or other procedural inventions – in the design process through which the final design emerges. The generative system has different degrees of autonomous action, ranging from a fully automated process to a step-by-step user-controlled one. This process involves designing the algorithm (rule), adjusting the starting parameters and shapes, steering the derivation process, and finally selecting the best variant.
Case Study-Nam June Paik Museum.

A Competition Entry by MIT Graduates.

Competition:Nam June Paik was a Korean-born American artist. He worked with a variety of media and is considered to be the first video artist.For Biography click here.The aim of the competition was to design a museum that will enshrine the work of Nam June Paik.

Concept:Approached the design in an experimental manner that would embody the spirit inherent to Nam June Paik’s work, in which notions of improvisation, indeterminism and emergence played a significant role.
A form-generation process that is based on natural form was developed to guide and assist us in this design. The starting point was customized software implementing algorithms for computing the Voronoi diagrams. The challenge that persisted throughout the process was how to concretize the abstraction of mathematically generated forms.

Please check the previous blog article for Voronoi diagrams:Nature and Architecture.

A software was developed by using mathematical parameters by using Voronoi diagrams and increased the complexity of the diagram.

Image shows the seeding done to develop the  software by using 2d Voronoi solutions.

Random amount of seeds and nodes were inserted to get variation in GENERATIVE FORMS.

Parameterizing of the software:

According to the given site situations and restrictions like entrance, services etc where taken care.Hence editing of the Voronoi points where necessary to bring the change in it.

Variation of the building form:

After controlling the given restrictions in the form various free points where assigned at the nodes to further regenerate the model.


Was necessary to be done considering economic point of view.