Architectural Follies 2.0 – Studio Erick Carcamo

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Architectural Follies 2.0

Is the sequel to Architectural Follies, In this course, we will explore the emotional response, also known as “Affect,” of a folly within the context of Parametric Design (intellect). Parametric design is a powerful approach that combines mathematical algorithms, computational tools, and creative intuition to generate complex and dynamic architectural forms. We’ll explore how parametric design influences our perception of architectural follies by examining the interplay between intellect and emotion.

Key Topics:

1. Introduction to Parametric Design:

  •  Understanding the principles and techniques behind parametric design.
  •  Exploring case studies of iconic parametric architectural projects.

2. Emotional Impact of Follies:

  •  Analyzing the emotional responses evoked by architectural follies.
  •  Discussing the role of aesthetics, symbolism, and context in shaping affect.

3. Parametric Tools and Techniques:

  •  Hands-on exploration of MAYA software.
  •  Creating parametric designs that elicit specific emotional reactions.

4. Case Studies and Critiques:

  •  Reviewing existing folly designs through the lens of affect.
  •  Engaging in critical discussions about the emotional impact of architectural interventions.

5. Design Studio Projects:

  •  Applying parametric principles to design your own folly.
  •  Considering both intellectual rigor and emotional resonance in your design process.

The Scope of the Workshop:

This workshop delves into the emotional response within parametric design, focusing on creating architectural follies. Through theoretical discussions and practical exercises, participants will explore the interplay between intellect and emotion in architectural design. Key topics include:

  • An introduction to parametric design principles.
  • Analysis of emotional impact.
  • Hands-on exploration of parametric tools.
  • Design studio projects aimed at creating unconventional structures.

The workshop challenges traditional notions of form, fostering designs that provoke thought and emotion.


Inspirational Images

Choose a series of inspirational images that exhibit “structural” qualities. Look beyond architecture—consider patterns, textures, and connections. These images will serve as touchstones for your folly’s development.

  • Applied Texture: Imagine bodies (geometry) connecting and dissimulating through intricate patterns and textures. How can you create a sense of both separation and unity?
  • Applied Geometry: Extend, interlock, and engage bodies within your folly. Blend, twist, mesh, and boolean geometric forms to achieve unexpected compositions.

Structural Innovation

Your folly’s structural design must break free from off-the-shelf components. Avoid prefabricated trusses and standardized assemblies. Instead, delve into the root material and geometrical properties of architectural structures. Design your own structural space—one that defies conventions.


Think beyond traditional scales (S | M | L). Embrace a scaleless conception. Maya, our chosen software, alters our perception of scale. Let the architectural problem dictate the appropriate scale for your folly.

Strategic Approaches

  • Repetition | Multiplication | Mutation: Explore cellular logic. Radicalize your project by manipulating units. Use repetition, multiplication, and mutation to create dynamic architectural systems.
  • Formal Systems: The design of your folly extends beyond its physical form. Consider the formal systems it embodies—the architectural physiology. How do these systems interact with space, movement, and emotion?

Recipe for Your Folly

  • Methodology: Blend STRUCTURE, SKIN, and MASS. Structure provides organization, skin defines surfaces, and massing shapes the overall composition.
  • Digital Materiality: Play with HARD BODIES (rigid elements) and SOFT BODIES (fluid, deformable elements). Explore textures, behaviors, and material expressions.
  • Ground: Situate your folly within an existing or fictional site. Consider context, topography, and interaction with the ground.

Personal Aesthetics

  • Formal Characteristics: Address formal qualities intentionally. How will they influence the perception of your folly?
  • Spatial Experience: Remember that design shapes experience. How you design the space affects how it will be used and felt.
  • Ornamental Consciousness: Consciously consider how the body perceives your architectural object. Ornamentation isn’t just decoration—it’s an embodied experience.
  • Interiorities and Cavities: Explore the interplay of solid and void. How do interior spaces interact with external forms?

The charm of a folly lies in its delightful absurdity and ability to provoke thought and emotion without practical function.


  • Exploring Alternative Articulations: We’ll explore alternative ways of articulating digital geometry and materiality, such as parametric design and algorithmic modeling. Understanding how these elements interact gives you insights into designing more dynamic and responsive architectural solutions.
  • Morphological and Geometrical Techniques: We’ll cover techniques that enhance architectural forms’ visual strength and stability. These methods will empower you to create a static framework, allowing a hierarchy to emerge.
  • Performance-Based Design: Digital Performance is at the core of our exploration. You’ll learn to balance morphological, geometric, and digital material characteristics for optimal structural performance.


Day 1:

  • Introduction to Emotional Response in Parametric Design
  • Exploring the Applications of Emotional Response in Parametric Design
  • Hands-on Exploration of MAYA Software for Creating Parametric Designs
  • Reviewing Existing Folly Designs for Analyzing Their Impact
  • Q&A

Day 2:

  • Advanced Techniques in Parametric Design
  • Further Exploration of Parametric Tools and Techniques
  • Project Development and Reviews for Design Studio Projects
  • Q&A



Erick Carcamo


Erick Cárcamo is the Principal and co-founder of @AllBlackForm (IG), an international architectural practice based in Los Angeles. As a designer, Erick has dedicated himself to innovation and technology within the field of architectural thinking and teaching processes. His expertise extends from his graduate thesis and revolves around researching experimental techniques and strategic thinking for manipulating form. He applies these design abilities to understand spatial and organizational issues central to architecture thoroughly. Originally from El Salvador, Erick holds a master’s degree in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University, GSAPP, and a bachelor’s degree from The Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc). He has established an impressive 15-year academic teaching career alongside his professional work. Erick has taught numerous design studios and visual studies seminars at various universities in the USA and Europe. Notable institutions include the Southern California Institute of Architecture, UPenn School of Design, Woodbury University, and he has previously taught at Yale School of Architecture, GSAPP, and the Institute of Architecture at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, among others.

During his active teaching career, Erick has coordinated both undergraduate and graduate-level studios, providing him with the opportunity to teach core and experimental option studios. In addition to his university teaching appointments, Erick has developed a Workshop teaching model emphasizing the fusion of technique and conceptual immersion, leveraging parametric software. His commitment to innovative pedagogy proposes to enrich architectural education.

Important Notes:

  • The “Architectural Follies 2.0 ” Studio workshop by PAACADEMY will start on Saturday, 29th June 2024, at 14:00 (GMT).
  • Total sessions: 2 Sessions
  • The teaching duration per session will be 4 hours.
  • Students will have time for a break between teaching hours.
  • Each session and the entire studio will be recorded, and videos will be available for participants just a day after the class for unlimited time.
  • PAACADEMY will provide a certificate of attendance.
  • The studio has limited seats. Tickets are non-transferable & non-refundable. Please read carefully before you register.
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