The Role of Mathematics in the Design Process Under the Influence of Computational and Information Technologies

  • Arzu Gönenç Sorguç


In the design process today, the use of computational and information technologies demands a new way of thinking: ‘algorithmic thinking’. The first generation of computera-aided design tools have been replaced by highly sophisticated design tools used not only in design but also in construction and product life. These revolutionary step consists in designing directly in 3-D instead of designing by sections and planes. But are computers and new technologies really employed in design process or simply as a new presentation media? To answer this the present paper discusses the role of mathematics in understanding these new technologies and developing algorithmic thinking in the architectural design process. Then the role of mathematics is also briefly discussed in designing in 3D and developing complementary technologies for architectural design process and software architecture for architecture.


Design Process Virtual Reality Architectural Design Mathematical Thinking Digital Medium 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of ArchitectureMiddle East Technical UniversityAnkaraTurkey

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