“Generative Design” – A Computational Design Guidebook

"The main change in the design process achieved by using generative design is that traditional craftsmanship recedes into the background, and abstraction and information become the new principal elements."  Thus reads a rather pertinent nugget of wisdom tucked into the concluding notes of Generative Design: Visualize, Program and Create with Processing, an epic computational design text by Hartmut Bohnacker, Benedikt Groß, Julia Laub and editor Claudius Lazzeroni. With that point, the authors are describing how the syntax of code and data are intrinsically tied to new modes of composition and production. This statement also speaks to the organizational logic of the book, which weighs-in at a whopping 470 pages of thoughtfully categorized generative strategies that have been broken down into bite-sized thematic walkthroughs.

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