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authors Coleman, Kim
year 1994
title Synergism and Contingency: Design Collaboration with the Computer
source Reconnecting [ACADIA Conference Proceedings / ISBN 1-880250-03-9] Washington University (Saint Louis / USA) 1994, pp. 209-217
summary The outcome of an architectural project is always contingent, dependent upon conditions or events that are not established at the outset. A university design studio does not easily replicate the state of flux which occurs as an architectural commission proceeds. In developing an architectural project, each new situation, whether it be a building code issue, an engineering issue, or a client reaction, must be viewed as an opportunity to further refine and develop the design rather than a hindrance to the outcome. In the design studio I describe in this paper, students test processes which attempt to take advantage of contingent conditions, opening up the design solutions to new possibilities. As a means to open up the design process to new possibilities, this studio introduces the computer as the primary tool for design exploration. Through the computer interface, the work speculates on the possibilities of synergism, defined as the actions of two or more substances or organisms to achieve an effect of which each is individually incapable.' Three synergetic conditions are explored: that between the designer and the computer, that between the designer with computer and designers of previous works of art or architecture, and that between two or more designers working together with the computer. The lack of a predictable result, one that may be obvious or superficial, is a positive byproduct of the synergetic and contingent circumstances under which the designs are developed.

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email kcoleman@usc.edu
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100%; open Cigolle, Mark and Coleman, Kim (1989) Find in CUMINCAD Transformation as Process: Explorations with Computer Integrated Design , L.A. Architect. March 1989
100%; open Cigolle, Mark and Coleman, Kim (1990) Find in CUMINCAD Computer Design Studio: Work in Process , Journal of Architectural Education, Vol. 43, No. 3. June 1990
100%; open Cigolle, Mark and Coleman, Kim (1990) Find in CUMINCAD Computer Integrated Design: Transformation as Process , McCullough, Mitchell, and Purcell, eds., The Electronic Design Studio. Cambridge: MIT Press
100%; open Coleman, Kim and Knowles, Ralph (1992) Find in CUMINCAD A Case Study in Design Studio Teaching: The Parallel Studio , Proceedings of the ACSA West Regional Meeting, San Luis Obispo, California. October 1992
100%; open Coleman, Kim (1990) Find in CUMINCAD Transformation as Process: USC's Computer Integrated Design Studio , ACADIA. Vol. 9. No. 3. June 1990
100%; open Foucault, Michel (1973) Find in CUMINCAD The Order of Things , New York: Random House

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