Simple Complexities: An Interdisciplinary Approach Towards Computational Design and Architectural Geometry

  • Marco HemmerlingEmail author
  • Carlo de Falco


The broad application of computational design and construction technologies has widely changed the use and perception of computer software in architecture. Thus, we have seen a shift from mere drawing-tools towards mighty parametric design methods. These tools have allowed many architects to form the conception and design of very complex architectural projects.



The interdisciplinary Master course “Simple Complexities” was conducted at the Politecnico di Milano in 2015/16 by Prof. Marco Hemmerling and Prof. Carlo de Falco with the support from Alessio Mazzucchi and Jacopo Corno.

Participating students: Zhasmina Aleksandrova, Sofia Ambrosini, Elena Angeli, Matteo Assecondi, Alberto Genolini, Margalida Bibiloni, Chiara Bona, Antonella Branizza, Manuel Catrileo Herrera Ceccon, Edoardo Corna, Nikolet Dishkova, Milan Dragoljevic, Sheetal Gandhi Mugdha, Tsovoo Gansukh, Radoslav Georgiev, Roberto Gomez Muller, Karol Gwiazdowski, Federico Iannarone, Martina Jamroz, Alfiia Khabibullina, Kamila Khalitova, Anastasiia Khech, Steven Lane, Julio Lara Monjaraz, Domenica, Lecca, Gaia Marfoni, Davide Masserini, Nalisha Men, Avinash Arvind Mewada, Anna Mikhailova, Golnaz Nouri, Andrea Palermo, Poll Seguí, Daniel Polo, Guillermo Molina, Yehan Wang, Ivan Yotsov.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Computational Design in Architecture, Faculty of ArchitectureCologne University of Applied SciencesCologneGermany
  2. 2.Politecnico di MilanoMilanItaly

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