Parametric Urban Design Thinking: Shared Patterns in Design by Algorithm and Design by Drawing

ÇALIŞKAN O., Barut Y. B. , Ongun G.

JOURNAL OF PLANNING EDUCATION AND RESEARCH, 2021 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.1177/0739456x211053653
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index, Scopus, Aerospace Database, Art Source, Avery, Communication Abstracts, Educational research abstracts (ERA), Environment Index, Metadex, PAIS International, Political Science Complete, Worldwide Political Science Abstracts, Civil Engineering Abstracts
  • Keywords: parametric design, design algorithm, design by drawing, parametric urban design, PLACE


The paper suggests a focused examination of the processes of drafting-based design and parametric design in urbanism. It discusses how spatial design's settled cognition would differ by using algorithmic systems through the altered relationships between the basic operations in design. To reveal the commonalities and distinctions between the two design methods, the authors present the detailed documentation of the workshop series, which experimented with both techniques within similar design contexts. By the design analysis, the idea of "parametric thinking" is revisited in the specific context of urban design.