Propositional architecture and the paradox of prediction
Journal article, 2015

What if we could predict trends, rising phenomena and future necessity in our build environment? If we could trace behaviors and forecast the needs for the future? If we had a tool for proposing architecture, that was able to point out potentialities and suggest additions, subtractions and modifications. If Architects had a tool to predict future demands, modification of the build environment could meet the changing behaviors and emerging phenomena in society. Research on existing building stock is reviewed in a context where prediction on complex indeterminate environments is possible. And an entirely new type of architectural tool is proposed, an algorithm for prediction. The algorithm, capable of making prediction in unstructured environments, is presented, and basis and idea of the algorithm is described in detail. The discussion focus on possible applications for this new tool, and the paradox of prediction is debated. Finally, improvements to the computational system are proposed.





Build Environment

Building Stock


Stig Anton Nielsen

Chalmers, Architecture

Archidoct Vol. 4

2309-0103 (ISSN)

Vol. 4 72-85

Subject Categories

Architectural Engineering

Computer and Information Science

Environmental Analysis and Construction Information Technology

Information Science

Human Computer Interaction

Other Civil Engineering


Signal Processing

Areas of Advance

Information and Communication Technology

Building Futures (2010-2018)

Driving Forces

Sustainable development

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