Session 02.00 of Re-Engaging Para-Metrics will continue the work started in session 01.00 with a new project equation and values aimed at further investigating the familiarity and defamiliarity of parametric design technology. Investigators will still be limited to four forms of digital communication; written discussion, video sessions, uploading project material, and, most importantly, reactions to submitted projects concerning its familiarity or defamiliarity. These reactions can take the form of written narratives or representations of work from any source the investigator desires. Considering that this is the second session of Re-Engaging Para-Metrics, investigators should take advantage of work already submitted as potential familiarizing or defamiliarizing reactions to projects. For a more detailed explanation of Re-Engaging Para-Metrics read the introductory text labeled 00.00 in the above menu.

This session’s new project equation and values address two main themes regarding parametric design technology. The first of these themes is a continuation of the main question asked in session 01.00, what does the term “parametric” mean and why is it considered a “new” method of design and communication. Here however, three separate values are presented; generative, computational, and associative, each of which commonly appears in the vocabulary of parametric design. Why are these words becoming more prevalent when talking about parametrics and how are they different or similar from each other or how are they similar? The second theme involves communication, specifically with a client, a contractor, or a community. The design profession hinges upon communication and the success or failure of a design largely depends on the ability to communicate with specific people in different ways. How can parametric technology and methods aid or influence the ability to communicate design which specific people? The remaining values consist of the software applications under investigation, which have remained the same as session 01.00, and three values which will help locate and contextualize each project.

As stated in session 01.00 this investigation is not advanced because the subject matter is somehow more new, forward thinking, or difficult; rather it is advanced in its critical re-engagement of both the familiar and the defamiliar. In this critical re-engagement it is important to recall the history of parametric design methods. Various reading and historical videos will also be presented ad hoc throughout the investigation as a way to engage the historical situation of these methods. Investigators are encouraged to look both to the future and to the past when engaging in the investigation.

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