Using Digital Technologies to Support Social Entrepreneurship: Parametric Design for Community Structures in Developing Nations

By Stan Guidera and Christopher Hill.

Published by Journal of Technologies in Society

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This paper documents the use of advanced digital design tools to support social entrepreneurship, identifying or recognizing a social problem and using entrepreneurial principles to organize, create, and manage a response to a societal need. The response to a need for school and health facilities led to the development of prototype structures to be located in rural Uganda. The need for designing adaptable and easily assembled buildings with a process that enabled end-users to be engaged in design exploration and subsequent construction led to the use of parametric computer modeling as a “change engine.” intended to provide real-time visual feedback for design alternatives. This was applied to the micro-scale, that of the individual buildings, and the macro-scale, that of the facility complex composed of multiple building variations and functions. Most importantly, this strategy is intended to enable even individuals with minimal training to be active participants in the process. The paper documents the investigation and pilot testing of this technology. It then discusses future steps required for further development.

Keywords: Social Entrepreneurship, Parametric, Community

Journal of Technologies in Society, Volume 10, Issue 3-4, August 2015, pp.27-41. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published Online: August 26, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.343MB)).

Dr. Stan Guidera

Professor, Department of Architecture,, College of Technology, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio, USA

Christopher Hill

Architect, Linedota Architects, London, UK