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Fwd: New publication by Wiley’s – Distributed Intelligence in Design – edited by Tuba Kocaturk and Benachir Medjdoub

The long waited book based on the presentations and discussions which took place during the Distributed Intelligence in Design symposium is now published by Wiley’s!

Distributed Intelligence refers to the interdisciplinary knowledge of a range of different individuals in architectural, engineering and construction in different organizations, with different backgrounds and experience. The book discussed the media, technologies and behaviours required to support their successful collaboration in design and production, addressing to the changing socio-technical climate in the architectural design world. The chapters address a range of innovative developments, methodologies, applications, research work and theoretical arguments, to present current experience and expectations as collaborative practice becomes critical in the design of future built environments.

The book covers (but not limited to):

  • how parametric and generative design media can be coupled with and managed alongside Building Information Modelling tools and systems
  • how the cross–disciplinary knowledge is distributed and coordinated across different software, participants and organizations
  • the characteristics of the evolving creative and collaborative practices
  • how built environment education should be adapted to this digitally–networked practice and highly distributed intelligence in design

Book Contents:

ForewordPaul Richens

IntroductionTuba Kocaturk & Benachir Medjdoub


1.       Of Sails and sieves and sticky tape (Bryan Lawson – University of Sheffield, UK)

2.       Distributed Perspectives for intelligence conceptual design (Volker Mueller – Bentley Systems, Germany)

3.       Distributed Intelligence or a simple coherent mental model? (Chris J.K.Williams and Roly Hudson – University of Bath, UK)

4.       Sharing Intelligence: The problem of knowledge atrophy (Peter Brandon- University of Salford, UK)


5.       Pedagogical Frameworks for emergent digital practices in architecture (Brent Allpress – RMIT, Australia)

6.       Emergence and convergence of knowledge in building production:Knowledge-based design and digital manufacturing (Eduardo Lyon – Universidad Catolica, Chile)

7.       Artifact and affect: Open-ended strata of communication (Matias del Campo and Sandra Manninger –SPAN, Austria)

8.       Digital tools for creative hinges (Sean Hanna – University College London, UK)


9.       The effects of integrated BIM in processes and business models (Arto Kiviniemi – University of Salford, UK)

10.   Integrated Building Design for production management systems (Rita Cristina Ferreira – DWG Arquitetura e Sistemas, Brasil)

11.   Fexibility, semantics and standards (Robin Drogemuller and John H. Frazer – Queensland University, Australia)

12.   Examples of Distributed Intelligence on large-scale building lifecycle projects (Martin Riese – Gehry Technologies, Hong Kong)


13.   Rapid practice expansion through strategic design computation(Cristiano Ceccato – Zaha Hadid Architects, UK)

14.   Algorithmic Modelling, parametric thinking (Neil Katz – Skidmore Owings & Merrill, USA)

15.   Interview with the Specialist Modelling Group (SMG): The dynamic coordination of distributed Intelligence at Foster and Partners (Hugh Whitehead, Xavier de Kastelier, Irene Gallou – Foster+Parners, UK) interview by Tuba Kocaturk

16.   Interview with Lars Hesselgren, Director PLP Research (Lars Hesselgren – PLP, UK) interview by Benachir Medjdoub

17.   Geometry, topology, materiality: The structural parameters (Manfred Grohmann and Oliver Tessmann – Bollinger + Grohmann, Germany)

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