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Aesthetics in computational design

Spaeth, Achim Benjamin 2019. Aesthetics in computational design. Presented at: eCAADeSIGraDi 2019, Porto, Portugal, 11-13 September 2019. Architecture in the Age of the 4th Industrial Revolution - Proceedings of the 37th eCAADe and 23rd SIGraDi Conference. Porto: University of Porto, pp. 855-862.

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Current dominance of functionalist and performance related approaches to computational design and methods in architecture are investigated under the precondition of Max Bense’s theory of aesthetic potential. Establishing Bense’s taxonomy of aesthetic potential and applying it to selected computational methods the level of aesthetic potential within the different computational approaches is investigated. Frei Otto’s soap bubble experiments serve as a reference to illustrate different levels of aesthetic potential. Bense’s aesthetic potential, which lies not in the eye of the beholder but is immanent to the object itself as a property of the object, suggests that computational design systems synthesising objects based on rules or embedded constraints appear to either have little aesthetic potential or receive their aesthetic potential form the outside of the computational system, namely the interaction with the user. Evolutionary design systems appear to create objects or processes with a certain aesthetic potential within Bense’s theoretical framework.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Status: Published
Schools: Architecture
Uncontrolled Keywords: Max Bense, asethetic states, computational aesthetics, aesthetic theory
Publisher: University of Porto
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 12 July 2019
Date of Acceptance: 6 April 2019
Last Modified: 27 Sep 2019 10:44

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