7 November 2016 – Although computers have significantly impacted the way we design buildings, they have yet to meaningfully impact the way we evaluate buildings. In this paper we detail two case studies where computation and machine learning were used to analyze data produced by building inhabitants. We find that a building’s ‘data exhaust’ provides a rich source of information for longitudinally analyzing people’s architectural preferences. We argue that computation driven evaluation could supplement traditional post occupancy evaluations.
– I expand upon the challenges associated with parametric modelling that I have outlined in this introduction. I first examine the various definitions of parametric modelling and consider how these frame an understanding of what a parametric model is. I go on to reveal the numerous challenges architects have faced when using parametric models in practice. Aggregated together, these accounts reveal an array of problems that tend to be overlooked in many of the discussions around parametric modelling.
– I contrast the challenges of parametric modelling to the challenges associated with software engineering. I introduce the body of knowledge associated with software engineering and hypothesise about which knowledge areas may also help the practice of parametric modelling.
– I discuss a research method for applying aspects of the software engineering body of knowledge to the creation of various parametric models. I outline criteria for selecting the case studies and I discuss how a variety of quantitative and qualitative metrics can be used to observe parametric flexibility.
– There is a close relationship between software engineering and parametric modelling. This relationship has implications for how parametric modelling is taught, for how parametric modelling is integrated in practice, and for how we discuss parametric modelling.
6 August 2013 – A long and incomplete history of parametric modelling. Starting in the nineteenth century with James Dana’s crystal drawings, and ending up in twenty-first century by way of Gaudí, Moretti, Ivan Sutherland’s Sketchpad, and other more recent technological innovations.
18 April 2012 – A paper presented at DesForm 2012 by Daniel Davis, Jane Burry, and Mark Burry. In this paper we introduce a novel method for interactively writing text-based scripts. We go on to compare this method to the scripting options designers typically use to create geometry: interactive visual scripts and non-interactive textual scrips.
1 December 2011 – An article in the International Journal of Architectural Computing by Daniel Davis, Jane Burry, and Mark Burry. In this article we consider how the architectural design process is impacted by the reduction of code complexity through script modularisation.
4 October 2011 – Paper presented at the Design Modelling Symposium Berlin 2011 by Jane Burry, Daniel Davis, Brady Peters, Phil Ayres, John Klein, Alexander Pena de Leon, and Mark Burry. In this paper we report on the challenges associated with modelling, simulating, fabricating and measuring sound scattering using both physical and digital models at three distinct scales.
4 July 2011 – Paper presented at CAADFutures 2011 by Daniel Davis, Jane Burry, and Mark Burry. In this paper we investigate whether the legibility of a parametric model is improved by restructuring the schema with modular programming principles.
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.
4 April 2011 – A paper presented at CAADRIA 2011 by Daniel Davis, Jane Burry, and Mark Burry. In this paper we investigate the implications of changing the programming paradigm in a parametric model to logic programming. A qualitative account is given of using dataflow programming and logic programming to generate a portion of the Sagrada Família church.
1 April 2011 – Paper presented at CAADRIA 2011 by Daniel Davis, Flora Salim, and Jane Burry. In this paper we consider the challenges involved in teaching architecture students to program and design electronics whilst maintaining a focus on the design potentials of responsive architecture.
19 December 2010 – Patrik Schumacher's comments on my previous blog entry were worthy of a post in and of themselves. So in this post I summarise what they mean for the name of parametricism, for the lack of context to parametricism, for Zaha Hadid being parametric, and other arguments leveled at Schumacher.
9 November 2010 – William Mitchell's The Logic of Architecture is considered seminal to computational design. In this post I put forward the argument that it was actually far from perfect and that the holes in this book can tell us much about the discourse pertaining to computational design.
25 September 2010 – Patrik Schumacher recently claimed that parametric design is the successor to modernism. He named the movement parametricism. In this post I explain why Schumacher is wrong and explain how Zaha Hadid Architects are just jumping on the bandwagon. Schumacher responds to this criticism in the comments -- his points are well worth reading.