Genetic Algorithms in Architecture: a Necessity or a Trend?
Eleftheria Fasoulaki: Genetic Algorithms in Architecture: a Necessity or a Trend? In: Generative Art 2007.
Genetic Algorithms (GAs), a computational technique based on the principles of evolution, have been recently introduced in architecture to address problems of complexity in the function and the form of architectural projects. While there has been an increasing interest in the use of GAs in architecture, there has not yet been a systematic study of the operation of GAs and their application in architecture yet. This paper investigates whether the utilization of GAs is a necessity or a trend; whether GAs are used to accommodate specific needs of architecture or merely to bear innovative and complex forms; and consequently whether GAs serve reality or utopia. In order to answer these questions, the paper examines the operation of GAs in other disciplines and in architecture as well as the implications of its applications in architecture. Finally, the paper demonstrates the premises for a successful operation of GAs in architecture.
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