Sunday, March 30, 2014

Andrew Delle Bovi: Reading 008: Algorithmic Architecture

Kostas Tzerdis discusses the ideas and strengths behind algorithms. He raises the notion that an algorithm may be associated in the use of instructions, commands or rules in architectural practices and have been implemented in past architectural endeavors, tracing back to the age of classical architecture. Interestingly he points out that an algorithm is generated by human ingenuity and the computer only plays the role of actuating upon the algorithm to produce results beyond the capabilities of a human mind. The interplay between human and computer through scripted language is also an intriguing topic. A human to human communication is based upon the prior knowledge that a human has a specific comprehension that the language is built upon. A human to computer language is radically different in that we do not fully comprehend the limitations and functionality of the computer, therefore we can and must be more imaginative of the language and its possible outcomes. This is directly related to the algorithm because we can begin to use this prior knowledge when generating a possible algorithm for a computer to activate. All in all I think the ability to single out each respective role, the algorithm role, verses the computer role, and the human verses the computational processes is an important mindset to have when dealing with algorithmic architecture and design.

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