In contrast to the 'parametricist' approach,(5) the goal is not a correlation of diverse data into a single communicative platform,(6) but to only to frame this information such that it can be positioned(7) within a single conversation. The imperative on the designer is thus to afford multiple types of interaction simultaneously against a changing background. In contrast to a conventional design process, the computational model is not structured as stages with distinct solutions but as an integrated model where different kinds of information engage the designer to address from many angles a single, complex situation.(8)
RAK environmental model interface
Finally, we argue that the expanded field of rhetoric provides a more substantial support for design agency, as “a purposeful inclusion of critical practice and the architectural project but also of the more specific use of artificial intelligence techniques in a design setting,”(9) Just as a rhetorician first establishes an argument and then engages in a discussion or debate, so design agency is exercised first as authorial intent asserted through the construction of a configurative model,(10) and then again through an interactive engagement of that system that develops a relational understanding of the situation from a particular point of view.(11) In the chapters immediately following we will examine various way by which a designer might work in this mode. Following that, we will return the question of why this is especially needed in urban design and argue that this thesis is not limited to computational design but can be extended to a general theory of urbanism.