Furry, Hairy and Cloudy: Architecture(s) of the Synthetic Environment

Tüntaş Karaman D.

LivenARCH-VII 2021: Other Architecture(s) 7th International Congress, 28 - 30 September 2021, vol.3, pp.856-868

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper
  • Volume: 3
  • Page Numbers: pp.856-868
  • TED University Affiliated: Yes


Interested in the exploratory and generative ways of using natural formations -such as flow, hair, and cloud formations- in the design process, this study claims that the computational tools and algorithmic agency supports designers by changing perception or aiding to explore the complexities of these natural forces and formations that are not directly intelligible to the human mind. The paper is concerned with the synthetic fields in which the designers who research on and practice extensively with algorithmic procedures and write specific and custom codes for their design to speculate, improvise and intervene in the automated procedures of computation. Within such a synthetic environment, human and nonhuman assemblages as distributed and impure models can be observed where design intentionality is generated, exchanged, and hybridized in the process of continuous feedback both from human and nonhuman agencies. Selected architectural cases instantiate the ways this synthetic environment offers for architecture: a possibility space where non-systemic, intuitive, speculative design decisions can develop by engaging with the potentials of computational procedures.