'expanding design language'

Research and development oriented work focuses on expanding the scope of design into generative domains.

These domains span from  cantenary form finding to agent based explorations of predefined rules.

'using algorithms'

Project tasks, aiming at problem solving are reformulating apparent restrictions with qualifying complexity into a new workflow.

The resulting algorithms designed to solve these tasks are combined to tackle a multitude of parameters; enabling the designer to use customized tools, to discover the limitations and opportunities towards the ideal design response.

'utilizing computational power'

Workflows in the design world often present themselves as simple series of instructions and lead to the repetition of tasks by designers.

When these tasks become a time factor, it is most often possible to address this with automation.

Using improved methods and occasionally programming, time expensive complex tasks can further be optimized and packed away into a use ready component for future calls.

Terminology

modeling domain

generative

computational

parametric

project domain

example cases

improving workflows

automating CAD tool tasks

creating customizable components

problem solving

handling complex modeling tasks

dealing with large data sets

research & development

agent based exploration

rule/ code based behavior simulation

Disambiguation

Compared for example to the above illustrated 'consequential types of procedural architectural modeling' (introduced in Design Modeling Terminology 2018 by David Stasiuk), here the chosen terminology sets a more service oriented project domain.
The idea behind 'workflow improvement' is to use both types: 'parametric and computational' to create an automation of many or tedious simple tasks and develop a simple tool to help achieving a bigger toolbox for future use.

'Problem solving' is sought to enable the design within a specific scope, that makes heavy use of computational design techniques and wouldn't be comparably possible to be modeled by other means. It also includes iterative functions and is aimed towards solving a previously formulated design problem.

'R & D' is here an open ended process of innovative work, setting up a brief, documenting the findings of the research process and iterating over research and development stages focusing on set targets.This scope does provide invaluable feedback and wideness the scope of possible applications, but is yet aimed at exploration. The implementation of such 'R & D' in competitions and design demand specific handling for feasibility, since the outcome is in the realm of the unknown.