Agent based Parametric Semiology
Architecture and urbanism order social processes via their semantic associations
as much as via physical separation and connection. The built environment functions through its visual appearance, via its
legibility and its related capacity to frame and prime communication. The built environment is not just channelling bodies.
It is orienting sentient, socialized beings who must actively comprehend and navigate ever more complex urban scenes. As a
communicative frame, a designed space is itself a communication as premise for all communications that take place within its
In a conventional design process, every designer adapts to and intervenes intuitively within the spontaneous
and historically evolving semiological system of the built environment. The aim of agent based parametric semiology is it
to move from an intuitive participation within an evolving semiosis to an explicit design agenda that understands the design
of a large scale architectural complex as an opportunity to design a new, coherent system of signification, a new artificial
architectural language, without relying on the familiar codes found in the existing built environments.
the semantic layer of the designed environment within the design process the research proposes to develop agent based life
process simulations. The semiological code is defined in terms of the agents’ behavioural rules or scripts being triggered
by designed environmental features. This is the most original innovation within the proposed research project. The aim of
the research project is to develop new computational simulation capacities and thus a new approach to architectural design
that better engages with the opportunities and challenges of today's networked society and which might lead to a new compelling
type of architectural service that can meet the aspirations of contemporary clients.
Collaborating with leading
experts in the field of crowd simulation, as well as in structural and environmental optimization, the research involves the
development of a new approach, setting a new task, developing new tools. The research culminates in exemplary creative design
works that demonstrate the capacity and potential impact of the new approach on contemporary architectural and urban design.
This research project is thus at the same time an artistic project, a form of research by design.
project will be headed by Patrik Schumacher, a leading figure in the fields of parametric design and architectural design
research. Schumacher will be leading a team of distinguished researchers, who each can look back on a proven track record
of academic research and experimental digital design practice, focusing on advanced scripting techniques, digital formal experimentation
and the understanding of our built environment as an interface for interaction with