Codify: Parametric and Computational Design in Landscape Architecture provides a series of essays that explore what it means to use, modify and create computational tools in a contemporary design environment. Landscape architecture has a long history of innovation in the areas of computation and media, particularly in how the discipline represents, analyses, and constructs complex systems. This curated volume spans academic and professional projects to form a snapshot of digital practices that aim to show how computation is a tool that goes beyond methods of representation and media. The book is organized in four sections; syntax, perception, employ, and prospective. The essays are written by leading academics and professionals and the sections examine the role of computational tools in landscape architecture through case studies, historical accounts, theoretical arguments, and nascent propositions.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 298
Weight: 1043 g
Dimensions: 248 x 191 mm
`Codify is the long-awaited book for landscape architects bridging professional practice with data driven design. Filled with case studies that include scripting and digital analysis, to the implementation of smart algorithms, and custom applications, all leading to new methods of organizing, understanding and quantifying data that allow for smarter, sustainable landscape architecture. This book represents the future of a profession that will be dominated by high quality, automated, readily available remote sensing information and provides direction for how landscapes will be designed, built and managed in the future by both humans and smart applications.'
Daniel Tal, Landscape Architect, USA
`Do electronic trees dream of photosynthesis? Artificial intelligence, robots, virtual reality, video games, coding, big data, cybernetic design... This volume is destined to become the bible for landscape architects and environmental designers looking for inspiration on how to integrate technology in every aspect of design from coding and programming to construction administration and post-occupancy evaluation. Within these pages, educators, practitioners, and futurists examine the exciting application and potential for computation to shape the built environment and the direction of landscape architectural education.'
Chip Sullivan, ASLA, Professor, UC Berkeley, USA
'As Sanford Kwinter once noted, "no computer on earth can match the processing power of even the most simple natural system, be it of water molecules on a warm rock, a rudimentary enzyme system, or the movement of leaves in the wind." And yet, it is compelling to see computational tools and techniques applied to natural and designed systems alike. Codify provides a cogent and richly illustrated view into the current state of such electro-numeric techniques in landscape architecture.'
Kiel Moe, Associate Professor of Architecture, Harvard GSD, USA
'Codify offers a definitive framework for the next generation of computational landscape processes - ranging in scope from models and mappings, to material behavior and sensing. The authors deftly reframe the landscape medium as the subject of digital innovation, expanding our definition of the technosphere into new and unforeseen geographical dimensions. At this frontier, ecology, technology, urbanization, and environmental management, collapse into a single sector of human ingenuity and invention currently known as landscape. Codify convincingly argues that Landscape Architecture is uniquely positioned to define this sector of technology, and in the process redefine itself.'
Richard L. Hindle, University of California, Berkeley, USA
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