Chapter 8 – Discussion: Beyond Toolmaking

20 September 2013 – 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.

Parametric Typography

21 August 2013 – A failed attempt to apply parametric modelling to typography as part of my thesis. Includes a discussion of parametric logos, and source files for six parametric fonts in Processing.

A History of Parametric

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.

Design Ecosystems: Customising the Architectural Design Environment with Software Plug-ins

4 April 2013 – An article in AD 2013 by Daniel Davis and Brady Peters. In this article we trace the changes in authorship as design environments shift from cathedral to bazaar.

Yeti: Designing geometric tools with interactive programming.

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.

Parametric modelling is hard

13 December 2011 – Six quotes that begin to expose some of the rarely discussed problems with parametric modelling.

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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.

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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.

Yeti – 0.2

28 August 2011 – A video tutorial about using Yeti, the live scripting interface for Rhino.