Parametric Computation: History and Future

  title={Parametric Computation: History and Future},
  author={John Hamilton Frazer},
  journal={Architectural Design},
  • J. Frazer
  • Published 1 March 2016
  • Computer Science
  • Architectural Design
John Frazer is a pioneer and leader in the field of generative design and evolutionary computation. In the 1970s he developed the world's first microcomputer-based design systems and invented tangible interfaces. Professor at the European Graduate School, he is the author of the seminal book An Evolutionary Architecture (1995). Here he traces the history of parametric architecture and discusses how, in its second state, redefined as Parametricism 2.0, Parametricism opens up the possibilities to… Expand
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