The Impact of Philosophy and Mathematics on the Aesthetics of the Digital Architecture based on Parametric Design


  • Mohammed Akazaf


We are currently seized by the diversity and originality of contemporary architecture throughout the world, an architecture often characterized by fluid forms and non-standard realization processes. The purpose of this article is to throw light on the mathematical and philosophical foundations that have opened architecture to the hegemony of digital technologies. We will try to explain how, originally, this mutation was co- driven, essentially, by mathematics and philosophy. Signs of this mutation date back to the late 1960s, years of the advent of the microprocessor and the discovery in mathematics of other types of non-Euclidean geometry. It took about twenty years, which were necessary for the development of machines, for a handful of American architects to adopt what they agreed to as French theory of certain French philosophers to define new architectural forms. The architectural aesthetics of digital design, whose transcendental meaning is linked to its generative logic, is now subject to the hegemony of the algorithm. The nature of this one confers to the conceptual approach of multiple appellations such as: Morphogenesis, Genetic Architecture, Tectonics, fractal geometry.