Algorithm Architecture Part 1 Project 2006 Daniel Richards Manchester School of Architecture Manchester UK Architects often reference natural systems for inspiration when designing a building.However the problem of authenticity occurs when designers attempt to simulate nature from a Top-down perspective.This project views architecture as a bottom-up process of morphogenesis.Using genetic algorithms to emulate biological processes I have created virtual architectural models with a lifelike ability to reproduce and therefore evolve.As the virtual models reproduce they are evaluated and are subject to natural selection, as the population grows architectural traits develop and evolve in accordance with their dynamic environment.Architectural taxonomies emerge and a digitally organic environment is generated. Daniel Richards Danny began this course of investigation with an 'anti' stance;anti-convention, anti-architecture, anti-workplace; difficult, given thebrief of designing a work environment during an architecture degreecourse. Whilst Danny wrestled with the critical position of hisprocesses he continually evolved the models and algorithms to respond toan increasingly complex set of parameters, involving questionnairesconcerning type, method and form of occupation. The resultant systemcould effectively be applied anywhere, each site and prospective usergenerating a truly unique series of spaces. The concrete realisation ofa 'building' is testament to his conviction and commitment to reconcileideas that are fundamentally virtual, within a context that is real.