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Hunting Design Memes in the Architectural Studio, student projects as a source of memetic analysis
International Conference on Generative Art
The current practice in design programming is to generate forms based on preconceptions of what architectural design is supposed to be. But to offer adequate morphogenetic programs for architectural design processes, we should identify the diversity of types of cultural replicators applied by a variety of architectural designers. In order to explore the variety of replicators actually used, around hundred 4th year architectural students were asked to analyse two or three of their own past design assignments. The students were invited to look for the occurrence of evolutionary design processes. They were requested to try and find some traces of 'transmission', 'variation' and 'selection' in their own design assignments. The paper will present an overview of their answers, the arguments applied and the diversity of the found types of verbal and visual design memes as cultural replicators. A discussion about the applicability of the found results in the genotypes and phenotypes of morphogenetic design software will conclude the presentation.