A look back at the software, the quotes, and the projects that helped define 2011.

Parametric modelling is hard

13 December 2011

Six quotes that begin to expose some of the rarely discussed problems with parametric modelling.

The iPad has become a primary consumption device in just 18 months. In this post I examine how the much slower architecture industry is adapting to tablet based computing.

A summary of Mark Burry’s latest book, Scripting Cultures.

MacLeamy’s curve implies that designers are most effective when they shift their effort forwards on a project. In this post I draw upon software engineering to suggest how MacLeamy’s curve can be manipulated to prevent this shift in effort.

Datamining Grasshopper

20 September 2011

Analysis of 2035 Grasshopper models. A look at the most popular nodes, the unpopular nodes, and the biggest models.

Evolute’s recent patenting of freeform planar surfaces and what it means for architecture. Evolute respond, as do many others, in a long debate in the comments section.

Yeti – 0.2

28 August 2011

A video tutorial about using Yeti, the live scripting interface for Rhino.

A summary of a few papers and workshop at CAADFutures 2011.

DesignScript is a new programming interface developed by Robert Aish. Its development has been closely guarded and to date there has been almost no publicly accessible information about the project. In this post I uncover what DesignScript is and I speculate on where it might be going.

Yeti is a live programming interface for Rhino. This is the first public release.

WebGL enables three-dimensional objects to be easily drawn inside a web-browser. Although the technology is still in its infancy, it is set to disrupt the CAD industry. In this post I explain what webGL is and why it is important.

An advanced tutorial for squeezing performance out of a Grasshopper model with threading – which doubles as an explanation for why CAD isn’t getting any faster on most multi-core machines.

Some of the trends seen at SmartGeometry 2011. The rise of the amateur & the respective market shares of Grasshopper and Generative Components.

An early sneak peak at a project I have been working on: live parametric programming for Rhino.

Photographs of the Responsive Acoustic Surface from SmartGeometry 2011.

Two projects I have been working on in Copenhagen. Dermoid: a wooden reciprocal frame. SmartGeometry: a wall made from plaster hyperboloids.

Eminent computer scientist Fred Brooks’s latest book, The Design of Design, reframes programming as a design discipline. In this post I consider what architects can learn from this relationship and from this book.

A fairly unfavourable review of Lars Spuybroek’s book, The Architecture of Continuity.

Three interesting clusters happening at the upcoming SmartGeometry 2011.