Future Techno-Aesthetic: Parametric, Generative, and Biomimetic

What will the future look like? Digital. We are quantifying and digitizing our reality and our future. Literally. Computers have enabled designers, architects, artists, and futurists to design the future in ways that were impossible just fifty years ago.  Parametric, generative, and biomimetic design have been obsessions of mine for years. I am mesmerized by the works of Buckminster Fuller, Zaha Hadid and Joris Laarman.

I used this new Techno-Aesthetic to develop my new logo. Take a look at a few of my other parametric design experiments below.

In the future, our designs will continue to become more complex. Everything we create will reflect the true computational nature of our cosmos.  We are using machines, artificial intelligence, and machine learning to create a new future. The clothing we wear, the homes we inhabit and the bridges we cross will be infused with complex patterns that are only available to us through the help of advanced computational systems. This new Techno-Aesthetic is altering the world around us.

Our imagination feeds the machines, and the machines enable us to see deeper into our imagination.

It is not hard to see a future scenario where our computers, clothing, cars, and buildings become intelligent bio-silicone structures capable of shape-shifting through the use of advanced nano-robots. The film Transcendence is a great example of what we might expect from a nano-bio-silicone future. We are just beginning to understand the intricate patterns found in nature. Patterns that will one day enable us to design and create the impossible.

From WIKI: Generative design is a technology that mimics nature’s evolutionary approach to design. It starts with your design goals and then explores all of the possible permutations of a solution to find the best option.

Using cloud computing, generative design software quickly cycles through thousands—or even millions—of design choices, testing configurations and learning from each iteration what works and what doesn’t. The process lets designers generate brand new options, beyond what a human alone could create, to arrive at the most effective design.[1]

Most generative design, in which the output could be images, sounds, architectural models, animation etc., is based on parametric modeling. It is a fast method of exploring design possibilities that is used in various design fields such as Art, Architecture, Communication Design, and Product Design.

I love this bench by Joris Laarman Lab.