Of the year – 2011

19 December 2011 – 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.

CAD’s uneasy relationship with tablets

9 December 2011 – 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.

Scripting cultures – Mark Burry

5 November 2011 – A summary of Mark Burry's latest book, Scripting Cultures.

The MacLeamy curve

15 October 2011 – 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.

Patenting Geometry

29 August 2011 – 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.

CAAD Futures 2011

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

Robert Aish

DesignScript – Autodesk

27 June 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 – public release

29 May 2011 – Yeti is a live programming interface for Rhino. This is the first public release.

HTML5 & WebGL

16 May 2011 – 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.

Threading Grasshopper

7 May 2011 – 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.

Inside Smart Geometry

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

Live Programming in Rhino

12 April 2011 – An early sneak peak at a project I have been working on: live parametric programming for Rhino.

Smart Geometry 2011

11 April 2011 – Photographs of the Responsive Acoustic Surface from SmartGeometry 2011.

Copenhagen 2.0

14 March 2011 – Two projects I have been working on in Copenhagen. Dermoid: a wooden reciprocal frame. SmartGeometry: a wall made from plaster hyperboloids.

A computer scientists dream system for designing houses

22 February 2011 – 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.

Lars Spuybroek

24 January 2011 – A fairly unfavourable review of Lars Spuybroek's book, The Architecture of Continuity.

Smart Geometry

13 January 2011 – Three interesting clusters happening at the upcoming SmartGeometry 2011.