The parametric design process is based on relative proportions between different parts of a design, rather than the more conventional absolute dimensional description of the object. This approach allows for an unusual level of control over the design object. A change in a single element of the object will cause corresponding changes in every other element, thus changing the design as a whole. Vice versa, any changes made to the whole will affect every part.
Closely related to parametric design is algorithmic design. Where the parametric method provides a tool for controlling complex aggregates, algorithmic design allows for the creation of such structures. A simple set of design instructions is applied iteratively to generate complex forms; identical to the way nature executes its design instructions found in DNA.
The aesthetic qualities associated with either of these design methods could be described as complex, but harmoniously organized. And these shapes seem to resonate with us instinctively, in the way that nature’s geometries do.