I research, write on, and critically experiment with mathematical and algorithmic techniques for design, in their various manifestations from pencil and paper methods to their implementations in digital software and tools. My current research revolves around three cross-fertilizing axes, which foreground these techniques as things that have histories, participate in culture, and display instrumentalities:
1. Reconfigurations of design and computing in postwar research institutions;
2. Visual histories of mathematical and algorithmic inscriptions in design and architecture;
3. Idiosyncratic instruments and discursive artifacts for design and making.
1.RECONFIGURATIONS OF DESIGN AND COMPUTING IN POSTWAR RESEARCH INSTITUTIONS: I study multidisciplinary academic research projects with an eye on the material, cultural, intellectual, and institutional contexts in which design was, early on, reimagined as a form of computation.
2. VISUAL HISTORIES OF MATHEMATICAL AND ALGORITHMIC INSCRIPTIONS IN DESIGN AND ARCHITECTURE: I investigate ambivalences about shape, appearance, and the perceptual world negotiated upon specific mathematical objects and their visual manifestations.
3. IDIOSYNCRATIC INSTRUMENTS FOR DESIGN AND MAKING: This project opens up mathematical and algorithmic techniques embedded in architectural software to scholarly investigation and creative retooling.
Infrastructure provided by a Canada Foundation for Innovation – John E. Evans Leaders (CFI-JELF) Grant