An Insight into Algorithmic Architecture Architecture is today at perhaps its most interesting stage of evolution. “Algorithmic architecture”, also referred to as “Artificial architecture” has taken the architectural world by storm. This type of architecture which is a combination of architectural design and artificial intelligence has meant that today’s architect’s can now quite literally let their imagination run riot. A variety of building shapes and designs, that were hitherto considered next to impossible, are now a realistic possibility.

The increased usage of digital technology has meant that architects can now use a succession of different styles and methodologies. The advent of specialized software tools exclusively meant for architecture has meant that today architects have a greater freedom of design.

It is but natural for the human sense of taste to evolve over a period of time. When trends in cars, fashion and electronics could change so rapidly, it was only waiting to happen in the field of architecture. Architecture has always been a mixture of art and engineering. With the increasing role of computers in the design process, algorithmic architecture, with its breathtaking complex and rhythmic designs seems to be the way forward.

Initially pioneered by the Department of Artificial Architecture, Amsterdam, Netherlands, the concept has now caught on globally. The idea behind the concept involves dividing the overall challenge in a project into solvable sub-problems. The architect then finds an algorithm for each of these problems. Finally, all the pieces of the jigsaw are integrated and what do you have, a magnificent piece of architecture.

While awareness about algorithmic architecture maybe on the rise, it is a concept that is still at its nascent stage. There is no doubting its huge growth potential though. The architect’s community need to surmount certain challenges in order to further quicken the pace of this particular segment. The biggest challenge before the community is to come out with aesthetically pleasing, functionally performing buildings that also score high on the sustainability front. This has become important in today’s business environment, where project developers are looking at architects and engineers delivering on all these fronts.

The rapid advancements in the field of digital technology promise exciting times ahead. There is no doubt that algorithmic architecture holds the key to the future of architects.