In recent years architecture has gained access to generative methods with large populations of agents via explicit application of scripting and programming in design process.

Large data sets carry twofold potential_ one in establishing explicit connection between built fabrics and external input data, addressing increasing complexity of constructed environments and their capacity for adaptation. The other is in the emerging phenomena is in changing the quality and nature of designs. Different kinds of design sensibility is emerging from such context with many possible applications… The more is not just more - the more is different…

The study of emergence, where individual agents work in conjunction with their “host” environments and in collaboration with other simple agents towards higher order complexity, is leading towards new kinds of structural, organizational, spatial and esthetic behaviors. Discreet agents are interlinked by micro-transactions taking place over a vast territory and dealing with the emergent pressures within environment, global migratory patterns and complexified programming. Such context reflects self-regulatory patterns found in natural ecosystems, which contemporary science, engineering and architecture are only starting to learn from. This emergent intelligence is being encapsulated as series of proto-patterns capable of rewriting existing protocols in architecture, including long inability of the field to productively and creatively address acute issues of sustainability.