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.

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Understanding Visual Scripts: Improving collaboration through modular programming

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.

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.

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Modelling Hyperboloid Sound Scattering: The Challenge of Simulating, Fabricating and Measuring

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.

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.