The technical description of generative design explores the integration of algorithmic scripting to parametrically tie components together. Sounds complicated, right? To put it an easier way, generative design helps us do a lot of repetitive tasks with a computer faster than what we can do on our own. By recognizing relationships among the different elements of a design, a designer can cut out extra work that takes up valuable time in the design process.
Parametric relationships can be as simple as a repeated mullion pattern on a building facade, or a parking ratio calculation that updates every time the design changes the building’s square footage. Generative designs can be numerical or formal. The main goal is to help the designer and client get to decisions faster with the aid of technology.
Mancini has doubled down on generative design and the capabilities it brings to the architectural process. Almost all of our three-dimensional modeling programs can be controlled with parametric plugins. In-house Mancini developers use these plugins to program custom tasks specifically related to our clients’ needs. Our 360 Design sessions and Mancini:Toolbelt are based on the holistic functions of generative design and its contributions to the design process.