Computational Intelligences in the post-Environmental Design. Examples from MAILB

  • Giuseppe Ridolfi University of Firenze
  • Arman Saberi University of Firenze
Keywords: co-evoluzionism, ecology, environmental design, parametric design, generative design


The article addresses the environmental question by critiquing the anthropocentric vision, still alive in the design debate and practice, as a remnant of the underlying dualism humanity/environment. It opposes the co-evolutionist and New Realism theses re-elaborated in the light of a new metalanguage (Digital Mathema) capable of ‘giving voice’ to the multitude of agents and to activate forms of collaborative intelligence (Computational Intelligences), enabling design explorations beyond established norms and the already known. Following is a description of Parametric and Generative Design and the Mailab research laboratory’s experiences. The conclusion is an invitation to reflect on the possible side effects that could arise from digital marking and from an excessive emphasis on the ‘know-how’.

Author Biographies

Giuseppe Ridolfi, University of Firenze

Architect, he is Associate Professor at the Department of Architecture, teaching Environmental Design. Member of the Teaching Committee for the BIM Master in Project and Collaborative Processes in New and Existing Buildings, he carried out planning and programming activities for University and hospital complexes, studies and consultancy for public and government agencies. He is the Director of the Mailab laboratory (

Arman Saberi, University of Firenze

PhD Student in Architectural Technology, he is involved in architectural visualization, animation, parametric and generative design mainly in the energy field, carrying out research, design consultancy, teaching assistance and teaching. He is a member of the Mailab research laboratory.


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Ridolfi, G. and Saberi, A. (2019) “Computational Intelligences in the post-Environmental Design. Examples from MAILB”, AGATHÓN | International Journal of Architecture, Art and Design, 5(online), pp. 31-40. doi: 10.19229/2464-9309/542019.
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