parametric design, architecture and art

Comme annoncé il y a environ un mois, Hugh Dutton Associés [architectes-designers] en collaboration avec Gritech [ingénieurs] representent une des trois équipes pré-sélectionnées dans le concours pour un nouveau design de ligne aérienne de transport d’électricité lancé par RTE (Réseau de transport d’électricité).  L’image ci-dessous est le premier dessin que nous rendons public, dans un but de transparence envers notre communauté et pour tracer une continuité avec notre projet de “pylônes du futur” que nous realisons en ce moment sur le territoire italien [ projet exposé actuellemnt à la Triennale de Milan ].


CI-DESSUS: Le T-Pylon, projet lauréat du concours RIBA, dessiné par Bysrup, a gagné les faveurs du jury par son minimalisme, sa simplicité et son pragmatisme.

En juin dernier, au Royaume Uni, un véritable buzz s’était déchainé autour d’un concours pour designer de nouveaux pylônes électriques (concours RIBA, photo ci-dessus). Partie prenante de ce concours, HDA avait relayé fortement l’information dans ce blog à l’occasion d’un entretien avec un journaliste de The Guardian.


Germogli. This will be the name of the “pylons of the future” we are building in Italy. Do you remember the competition held by Terna we won with our design Dancing with Nature? The designer of the dancing pylons Hugh Dutton and the engineer Pierluigi Bucci from Hugh Dutton Associates were last week in Livorno (Italy) to assist to the load testing of the prototype and we share some photos and a video of this event.



As we have already announce a few weeks ago, HDA | Hugh Dutton Associés is part of the design team led by Heerim Architects & Planners that won first prize for the design competition of PASSENGER TERMINAL 2 for the Incheon Int. Airport.

You can find below the press-kit material, both in English and French.
If you want to download the entire press-kit in a unique ZIP file, please follow the links below using the following:
username: complexitys
password: HDAparis1

Incheon Airport Competition | PRESS-KIT | English

Incheon Airport Competition | PRESS-KIT | French



A future more beautiful? Architect Thomas Heatherwick shows five recent projects featuring ingenious bio-inspired designs. Some are remakes of the ordinary: a bus, a bridge, a power station … And one is an extraordinary pavilion, the Seed Cathedral, a celebration of growth and light |
TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world’s leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Featured speakers have included Al Gore on climate change, Philippe Starck on design, Jill Bolte Taylor on observing her own stroke, Nicholas Negroponte on One Laptop per Child, Jane Goodall on chimpanzees, Bill Gates on malaria and mosquitoes, Pattie Maes on the “Sixth Sense” wearable tech, and “Lost” producer JJ Abrams on the allure of mystery. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design, and TEDTalks cover these topics as well as science, business, development and the arts. Closed captions and translated subtitles in a variety of languages are now available on, at


conde nast

“Some people travel simply to enjoy sunshine, sea and sand, some for cultural or culinary adventures; others choose to focus on seeing the world’s natural wonders. Regardless of where and why you travel, the experience is enhanced by design and innovative thinking: applied to airplanes, trains, museums and restaurants, the shops we seek out, the gadgets we tap on or tune into.” Condé Nast Traveller

We are happy to announce you that our La Roche-sur-Yon Footbridge (Bernard Tschumi & Hugh Dutton Associates) has been shortlisted in the Infrastructure category in Condé Nast Traveller’s Innovation and Design Awards 2011.


photo: PopTech 2009 presenters, day 3 – 198 by Ed Yourdon on Flickr

The video below presents the design thinking of the architect and researcher Neri Oxman, who is proposing a different way of thinking about the design of things around us: instead of thinking about forms of objects she suggests to understand first their performance and “how they should or need to behave in space as most natural systems do, such as trees”.

These purposes are especially interesting for us as in a past article titled Methodology of complexity (in French) we have defined form as “the spatial configuration of a physical object that is responsible for the relations between that object and the environment”.




Credits: Heatherwick Studio and Sara Fanelli



Photo: Folded fabric, ready to enter the third (and fifth) dimension. Photo from Women”s Wear Daily.

How are new design tools and software changing design of clothes and fashion accessories?
As we are always interested in exploring the boundaries of architecture and 3D design, we have found that some fashion designers may use the same softwares that we use in HDA.



image: Wikipedia


Recently we have been often asked “What is Parametric Design and Architecture?”

Even if we are daily working with this notions, the answer is not so easy.
We”ll now start thinking about how we designers and architecture could give a comprehensive defintion of such concepts.