PD - Parametric design

Course specification
Type of study Master academic studies
Study programme
Course title Parametric design
Acronym Status Semester Number of classes ECTS
PD elective 1 2L + 4E 9.0
Lecturer/Associate (practicals)
Prerequisite Form of prerequisites
- -
Learning objectives
The aim of the course is to acquaint students with the concept and possibilities of parametric design as a tool for optimizing the use of spatial and natural resources in design and planning, as well as with the available software. It is important that students learn how to define and control these parameters in a digital environment through algorithm, so that they can predict the future development of certain spatial processes.
Learning outcomes
The student will develop an awareness of the complexity caused by the processes in a space; The student will be able to identify and define the parameters in the architectural / urban project relevant to the functionality of the project, and then suggest the possibility of its optimization; The student will be able to define these processes through a software algorithm; The student will be able to check the effectiveness of these parameters through a digital model or mock-up;
Introduction to the theory and principles of parametric modeling in order to design a sustainable and resilient built environment; Introduction to techniques and software for parametric modeling and applications in various scales; Principle and possibilities of simulation within software for parametric design; Simulation through digital model; Simulation through a physical model
Teaching Methods
Lectures, exercises, workshop
  1. Robert Woodbury. Elements of Parametric Design. Routledge (2010) (Original title)
  2. Arturo Tedeschi. AAD Algorithms-Aided Design. Parametric strategies using Grasshopper. Le Penseur Publisher (2014) (Original title)
  3. Fusero, P., Massimiano, L., Tedeschi, A. & Lepidi, S., Parametric Urbanism: A New Frontier for Smart Cities. Planum. The Journal of Urbanism, 2(27), pp. 1-13. (2013) (Original title)
  4. Wassim Jabi. Parametric Design for Architecture. Laurence King Publishing (2013) (Original title)
  5. Nick Dunn. Digital Fabrication in Architecture. Laurence King Publishing (2012) (Original title)
Evaluation and grading
Graphical project, Colloquiums, Final exam, Workshop