Visualizing landscape systems with parametric modeling
Jones, Stuart Mackenzie
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Parametric tools are a way of defining design constraints in order to visualize design opportunities. Digital parametric tools allow landscape architects a greater ability to visualize how landscape systems change over space and time. Landscape systems, which are the interconnected pieces and processes of a landscape, are integral to the long term function of designed spaces. This thesis gives an overview of parametric tools and parametric thinking, and describes how parametric tools are being applied to the design of the built environment and landscape systems. The thesis argues that parametric tools can incorporate the theories of Complexity Science, Emergence, and Resilience as a method of visualizing how landscape systems change over time. The argument is tested by using parametric tools to visualize and enhance an adaptive and resilient planting strategy.