Coding, Shaping, Making combines inspiration from architecture, mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics and computation to look towards the future of architecture, design and art. It presents ongoing experiments in the search for fundamental principles of form and form-making in nature so that we can better inform our own built environment.

In the coming decades, matter will become encoded with shape information so that it shapes itself, as happens in biology. Physical objects, shaped by forces as well, will begin to design themselves based on information encoded in matter they are made of. This knowledge will be scaled and trickled up to architecture. Consequently, architecture will begin to design itself and the role of the architect will need redefining. This heavily illustrated book highlights Haresh Lalvani’s efforts towards this speculative future through experiments in form and form-making, including his work in developing a new approach to shape‐coding, exploring higher‐dimensional geometry for designing physical structures and organizing form in higher-dimensional diagrams. Taking an in-depth look at Lalvani’s pioneering experiments of mass customization in industrial products in architecture, combined with his idea of a form continuum, this book argues for the need for integration of coding, shaping and making in future technologies into one seamless process.

Drawing together decades of research, this book will be a thought-provoking read for architecture professionals and students, especially those interested in the future of the discipline as it relates to mathematics, science, technology and art. It will also interest those in the latter fields for its broader implications.

chapter |4 pages


chapter 1|23 pages

Meta Architecture 1

chapter 2|34 pages

Genomic Architecture 1

chapter 3|33 pages

The Milgo Experiment:

An Interview with Haresh Lalvani 1

chapter 4|34 pages

The Pattern Continuum:

Mass Customization of Emergent Designs

chapter 5|32 pages

Form Follows Force:

The Epigenetic Continuum

chapter 6|50 pages


Form is Process

chapter 7|58 pages

Hyper Architecture

Hyperstructures, Hyperspaces, Hypersurfaces

chapter 8|70 pages


And the Universal Morph Tool Kit

chapter 9|55 pages

Abiogenesis and the Future of Architecture