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.

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.

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.

New tools: DraftSight to Evolute

3 October 2010 – In the past week there have been three new software projects launched. Draftsite - Dassault's free clone of AutoCAD. AutoCAD WS - AutoCAD for the iPhone. Evolute - software to optimise surfaces in Rhino.