Seminar | Algorithmic Architecture - Generative Urban Typologies


The potential of parametric modelling lies not only in facilitating the creation of complex shapes but rather in generating and validating a large number of variations of a certain design concept. Thus, it supports an essential part in the design process: the exploration of possibilities. In order to gain most benefit of this potential, it is necessary to understand how to construct shapes using simple and abstract rules, and to learn how to transform a design idea into a logical sequence of steps.

In this course, you will learn these skills in different practical exercises. These exercises are based on the idea of parametrizing urban types. Types can be described as solution concepts for a certain problem and are widely used in urban design (e.g. optimal organization of buildings for maximum built-up area or spatial relationships for fulfilling certain building usages). By creating parametric models of certain types, we will explore the variations that these types allow for. Thereby we will gain deeper insights into the topic of typology in urban design as well as into the design process itself.

The course does not require any previous knowledge of scripting or programming and will focus on two stages. First stage on the gaining knowledge about general parametric modelling techniques using Grasshopper and Rhino3D (Bachelor and Master Students). Second stage on applying the knowledge gained by generating and optimizing small urban neighborhood design (Master Students). All students will participate in a series of lectures, online tutorials, in-class sessions.


Enrollment & Further Information:


3 / 6 ECTS with grade

Study Program: 

Bachelor Architecture, Master Architecture, Master Media Architecture, Master European Urbanism, Master Advanced Urbanism


M. Arch. Abdulmalik Abdulmawla

Vertr.-Prof. Dr. Sven Schneider


Mon, 09:15 - 12:30 (5 Blocks + individual consultations)