Paradigm Shift

14 April 2014 – I'm coming to New Zealand to give five keynote speeches on the future of architectural technology (Tauranga, Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, and Queenstown from the 9th to 13th of June).

Designing Architecture Like we Design Software

8 April 2014 – A summarized version of my thesis that appeared in ENR.

Big Data

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

Find Yourself and Get Ahead of Technology

2 April 2014 – My first piece for ARCHITECT magazine examining the ways indoor positioning technology will impact the architectural profession.

The Future of Architectural Discourse

27 October 2013 – I’ve been thinking about publishing a lot lately. What it means, why we do it, and where it is going.

Chapter 1 – Introduction

20 September 2013 – I introduce the central issue of my thesis: parametric flexibility. I outline the research method and the structure of the thesis.

Chapter 2 – The Challenges of Parametric Modelling

20 September 2013 – I expand upon the challenges associated with parametric modelling that I have outlined in this introduction. I first examine the various definitions of parametric modelling and consider how these frame an understanding of what a parametric model is. I go on to reveal the numerous challenges architects have faced when using parametric models in practice. Aggregated together, these accounts reveal an array of problems that tend to be overlooked in many of the discussions around parametric modelling.

Chapter 3 – The Design of Software Engineering

20 September 2013 – I contrast the challenges of parametric modelling to the challenges associated with software engineering. I introduce the body of knowledge associated with software engineering and hypothesise about which knowledge areas may also help the practice of parametric modelling.

Chapter 4 – Measuring Flexibility

20 September 2013 – I discuss a research method for applying aspects of the software engineering body of knowledge to the creation of various parametric models. I outline criteria for selecting the case studies and I discuss how a variety of quantitative and qualitative metrics can be used to observe parametric flexibility.

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.