Architects have used and disprove the diagrammatic qualities of The Grid as a symbolic and methodological tool to generate an instrumental approach to different aspects of design. However, applications and negations of this influential device have been constrained by the iconographic place held by the geometrical arrangement that follows form The Cartesian Coordinate System. With the introduction of algorithmic procedures as design techniques the discipline has reached new geometrical frontiers. Their power to navigate across scales and articulate geometries has uncover a whole family of grids overshadowed by their rectangular cousin, restituting the grid as a multifaceted platform which main focus is that of information.
Warren F Motte’s claim that the grid is ‘form in its purest state, obedient to its own laws’ is no longer a valid argument. The grid has historically been a device for the setting out of drawings, perspectives and buildings – a series of Cartesian markings so legible that its own integers tend to be invisible. With the advent of computational softwares the grid was swallowed up, becoming a malleable entity of mangled and illegible hair-like bundles, obedient now solely to agents and algorithms. The only way to read these architectural amoebas is therefore through the data collection of coordinates.