Inside Smartgeometry:
Expanding the Architectural
Possibilities of Computational Design

Edited by Brady Peters & Terri Peters, 3 April 2013

On behalf of the Smartgeometry group, we would like to invite you to the launch of "Inside Smartgeometry: Expanding the Architectural Possibilities of Computational Design" edited by Brady and Terri Peters and published by John Wiley & Sons. The richly illustrated, hard cover book features 24 original texts from members of the SG community. It provides both a history of the past ten years of SG, and offers ideas for the future of computational design in architecture.

Smartgeometry (SG) is a key influence on the architectural community who explore creative computational methods for the design of buildings. An informal international network of practitioners and researchers, the group meets annually to experiment with new technologies and collaborate to develop digital design techniques.

When SG was founded in 2001 by London-based architects and friends Hugh Whitehead (Foster + Partners), J Parrish (AECOM) and Lars Hesselgren (PLP), there was little in the way of parametric tools for architecture. SG was founded to encourage the development, discussion and experimentation of digital design techniques driven by design intent rather than on construction specifications. SG calls for a re-consideration of the design process, where the creation of computational mechanisms become an integral part of designing – not a task done prior to or separate from the process. In the early years of the workshops this need for new ways of design thinking led to the development of Bentley´s GenerativeComponents software. In recent years, the ecology of these design environments has diversified to include multiple software platforms, as well as innovative fabrication techniques and interactive environments. SG has grown accordingly from a handful of experts to an international network of designers who are defining the future of design. Founded by digital pioneers, it creates the algorithmic designers of the future.

Inside Smartgeometry can be seen as a retroactive manifesto for SG, examining and contextualising the work of the SG community: the digital spaces, prototypes and buildings designed using bespoke tools created in response to architectural ideas. From interactive crowd-sourcing tools to responsive agent-based systems to complex digitally fabricated structures, it explores more than a decade of advances that have been influential for architecture.

Contributors of original text include:
Robert Aish
Martin Bechthold
Mark Burry
Chris Williams
Robert Woodbury

Featuring projects by:
Foster + Partners


SG Book


Inside Smartgeometry: Expanding the Architectural Possibilities of Computational Design (AD Smart) Hardcover

by Terri Peters & Brady Peters 

Brady Peters is an architect and researcher specializing in the application of computer programming and digital fabrication in the design process. As an Associate Partner at Foster + Partners, he designed many buildings with complex geometry using parametric modelling and performance simulation techniques. Currently a PhD fellow, his research develops computational methods to integrate sound into architecture. A regular tutor at SG events and co-organizer of the 2011 conference, he is a key member of the SG community. He is the co-editor with Xavier De Kestelier of Computation Works: The Building of Algorithmic Thought, Architectural Design (AD) (March/April 2013).

Terri Peters is an architect, writer, and researcher. Her practice investigates and reflects on contemporary culture through a study of architecture from multiple angles. She has degrees in architectural history and architecture and has written more than 200 articles for magazines and journals. She has worked professionally as an architect at both small and large offices in London, UK. Currently a PhD Fellow, her research explores radical strategies of reuse, ecology and inhabitation defining new methodologies for the design of sustainable buildings and cities through building renovation. She is the editor of Experimental Green Strategies: Redefining Ecological Design Research, Architectural Design (AD) (November/December 2011).