Spatial Analytics: New Ways of Understanding Architecture at WeWork R&D

16 April 2016 – The first look at how WeWork’s R&D group measures architectural success.

The Growing Importance of Research in Practice

24 February 2015 – An article for ARCHITECT magazine where I interview three leading practices about their research.

What’s Next for Autodesk is What’s Next for Architects

19 December 2014 – My latest article for ARCHITECT magazine looks at what Autodesk presented (and didn't present) at Autodesk University this year.

Gender Inequity and Design Technology

9 November 2014 – My latest article for ARCHITECT magazine reveals that while more and more women are becoming architects, very few are becoming design technologists.

Big Data

7 April 2014 – An article I wrote for AEC Magazine about the potential for big data in the AECO industries.

Chapter 5 – Logic Programming

20 September 2013 – I explore the differences between creating a parametric model with a logic programming paradigm compared to creating a model with a more conventional dataflow paradigm. The logic programming paradigm enables the reversal of the parametric process by turning static geometry into a parametric model. However, outside this niche application, logic programming proves to be a difficult modelling interface.

Chapter 6 – Structured Programming

20 September 2013 – I consider how the principles of structured programming apply to the organisation of parametric models. Splitting models into hierarchies of modules appears to increase the legibility of the models and improve model reuse. Perhaps more importantly, the structure seemed to allow ordinarily pivotal decisions to be made much later in the design process – in some cases, moments prior to construction.

Chapter 7 – Interactive Programming

20 September 2013 – Drawing upon innovations in software engineering Integrated Development Environments (IDEs) to create an interactive programming interface for architects. The interface enables designers to modify their code and immediately see the geometry of the model change. This case study positions the scripting environment itself as a important site of innovation, a site where many programmers have already provided numerous useful innovations.

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.

Parametric modelling is hard

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