Master Thesis

Structuralism: Patterns of Interaction


Student: Mario Rossi

Computational design thinking across scales

Digital design is driven by thinking in structures that emphasize patterns of order and their interaction. The paper presents an introduction into such design thinking and emphasizes the exploration of organizational patterns in various levels of abstraction and scale through the integration of computational methods and workflows. Using a speculative design studio, held at Aalto University as a case study, the paper introduces novel ways of integrating patterns as relational frameworks, in order to formulate a future-oriented answer to complex design challenges focused on landscape and urban questions. Special focus is set on the discussion of the integration of theory-based computational methods within a teaching environment.