Can parametric architecture be considered Architecture? Two of the eVolos 2011 Competition finalists, Patrick Bedarfand and Dimitrie Stefanescu would say so. Their C:Strip can be described as a singular manifesto for meaningful use of computational techniques.
With the assistance of software analysis and various datascapes capturing different environmental influences, the design evolves into a multi-layered architectural object of almost permeable urban quality.
Ecotect was used in processing wind speed and insulation grids, calculating the optimal position of apertures and photovoltaics. In order to avoid disrupting the existing pedestrian flows and visual parameters, circulation analysis programmed in Processing/Java used starting parameters gathered by local observations. Functional distribution was carried out with careful attention to visual trajectories, relying on DepthMap calculations. Centric distribution of functions was replaced with grouping of facilities along motion paths, allowing not only spread of data, but also creating new information through societal behaviour.
Thus, two systems evolved: folding umbrellas with the ability to harvest grey water and heat energy, and the other situated inside the body of the object. Distribution of both depends on levels of necessity for adaptation along the strip area.
C: Strip confirms that, when used as tools for innovative concepts, new design techniques can play a significant role in shaping future architecture. However, lack of critical and reasoned introspection in implementing these design trends often results in superficial and utopian experiments in form. Consequently, it alienates young practitioners and experienced professionals, making it look less as architectural avantgarde and more as something Han Solo would fly.