Parametric Modeling: A Simple Tool

Building information modeling and parametric modeling are prominent themes in today’s architecture. Many people associate BIM and parametric modeling with particular software tools. My belief is that both BIM and parametric modeling are more related to the approach taken in the design process than the software tools an architect uses. The examples provided in this paper illustrate a simple tool used to study and model complex geometric forms, particularly at the earliest phases of a design project, by analyzing and even adjusting these forms with respect and in response to environmental conditions such as sun and shadows, zoning criteria, views, and size (floor areas and program verification, façade surface areas, volume).