CASE inc. on putting computation to work

9 April 2012 – David Fano and Federico Negro of CASE Inc. discuss the organisational challenges of computational design.

Responsive architect: Chin Koi Khoo

6 March 2012 – An interview with Chin Koi Khoo about his responsive architecture installations that use material properties to sense, move, and glow.

Digital Culture in Architecture

19 February 2012 – A review of Antoine Picon's new book, Digital Culture in Architecture, which in my opinion focuses too much on the superficial cultural outcomes of digital architecture without digging into the technical causes.

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.