The fascination with rules, principles, and systems, and the ways they all inform composition and design is neither a new thing nor a private discourse; rules have always played a paramount role in architectural theory and practice. Quite often, explicit and articulate as in sets of instructions in urban codes, and other times hidden and disguised in habits of actions, rules dominate design processes. Simple design preferences or critical choices among alternatives are often based on intricate webs of encoded rules. Paramount in this world making is the notion of rule as a construct that allows multiplicity of interpretations, welcomes ambiguity and facilitates emergence in design understanding.
The studio was structured around formal techniques and methods to engage variation; all designs produced were to be the outcomes of systematic recursive computations and collectively comprised families of designs that shared similar characteristics.
The functional program of the studio focused on housing and explored issues pertaining to unit, type, variation, and aggregation. The formal program of the studio project focused on low-rise courtyard structures (land-huggers).