On the one hand the condensed initialism »4A« stands for Richard Dank's primary focus of activities - namely »Algorithmic Art And Architecture«.
But taken as homophonous abbreviation it may and should also be interpreted as »for architects« respectively »for artists«. Beside independent design proposals, a multitude of projects were developped in collaboration or as commissioned work for others.
emphasizes on computational creativity and knowledge engineering in the field of art and architecture.
The goal, however, is certainly not an écriture automatique of the world, »where thought is merely combinatorics of software, the virtual and infinite operation of the machine.« (»wo der Gedanke meist nur mehr eine Kombinatorik der Software, die virtuelle und unendliche Operation der Maschine ist.«) Instead, it is a matter of »snatching some extraordinary images from the automatism of the apparatus, which has unlimited technical potential [...].« (»dem Automatismus des Apparats, dessen technisches Potential unbegrenzt ist [...], einige außergewöhnliche Bilder zu entreißen.« Jean Baudrillard, 1999, Architektur: Wahrheit oder Radikalität?)
The main objectives are the:
* Development of processes to augment architectural design and urban planning.
* Definition of intelligent, computable models for artistic/architectural approaches.
* Automatic generation of variations on multiple objects, features and structures.
* Integration of input via sensors and interaction with the users on- and offline.
Or citing Fabian Scheurer (2007, Getting complexity organized, Automation in Construction):
»The designer will no longer detail the form of a design, but will design the process which generates the details.«