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.

FabPod

15 June 2013 – The FabPod is an acoustically tuned meeting room housed within an open-plan office at the RMIT Design Hub. As part of this project I established the FabPod’s geometric rules and created the parametric models through which it was designed.

Sagrada Família

5 March 2013 – Antoni Gaudí’s Sagrada Família has been under construction for over one hundred and thirty years. For the past four years I have worked intermittently for the current executive architect, Mark Burry.

Of the year – 2011

19 December 2011 – A look back at the software, the quotes, and the projects that helped define 2011.

Smart Geometry 2011

11 April 2011 – Photographs of the Responsive Acoustic Surface from SmartGeometry 2011.

Copenhagen 2.0

14 March 2011 – Two projects I have been working on in Copenhagen. Dermoid: a wooden reciprocal frame. SmartGeometry: a wall made from plaster hyperboloids.

Dermoid

12 March 2011 – Dermoid is a wooden reciprocal frame developed by a team of researchers from CITA and SIAL pushing parametric modelling to its limits.

Responsive Acoustic Surfaces

5 March 2011 – A workshop at SmartGeometry 2011 to test the acoustic properties of plaster hyperboloids.