Launched this year, the MSc Bio Digital Programme provides a theoretical basis of Computer-Aided Architectural Design as an academic discipline while simultaneously teaching the use of the computer for analysis of design problems and a tool for the generation of space and form. The principle of self-organisation is fundamental to understanding morphology and students explore natural processes of pattern formation and growth to investigate the emergence of form and space.
The programme combines biological theory with computing know-how to explore architecture as a form of artificial life. Exploring mechanisms of feedback in systems, parallel simulation and principal ideas in artificial life developed by zoologists, biologists and computer scientists students investigate building generative and evolutionary models as a way of understanding architectural space and form.
MSc Bio Digital Architecture merges advanced computer-aided design skills with concepts from other fields pertinent, yet traditionally separate, to architecture; such as biology, psychology, computer science and philosophy. By integrating practice and theory students will be better able to think about the role of the computer in architecture and urban design, and approach alternative ways of thinking about space, form and structure to advance architectural knowledge and design practice.