Simulation and global crises

30 March 2010 – Idle speculation that the global financial crisis was somehow caused by digital simulation in the same ways architects often deceived by digital simulations.

Do relationships matter?

16 March 2010 – A look at Spreadsheet 2000, a program that tried to better Excel by exposing the parametric relationships in a graph.

What the GUI cost architecture

27 February 2010 – Virtually every CAD program has a Graphical User Interface. While they undoubtedly make computing easier, have we lost something through our reliance on them? In this post I posit that interfaces limit as much as they enable.

Voussoir Cloud

22 February 2010 – The Voussoir Cloud Installation by IwamotoScott Architecture carries on Gaudí and Otto's tradition of using hanging chain models as form finding tools.

Parametric Software review

19 January 2010 – A classification and review of currently available parametric software.

Manuel Delanda

18 January 2010 – One of my favourite lectures, Manuel DeLand's talking about Deleuze and the Use of the Genetic Algorithm in Architecture - no Powerpoint just an hour long rant without any cues.

CAD 50 years ago

19 December 2009 – A brief look at the birth of CAD. Ivan Sutherland's 1962 Sketchpad was the first interactive CAD system, which laid the groundwork for much of what we do today, fifty years later.

A-periodic tiling in architecture

14 December 2009 – How a-periodic tiles (identical tiles that join to make a pattern that never repeats) can be used in architecture.

Graphemes by Sawapan

8 December 2009 – Graphemes is this weird tool that allows the manipulation of a spring based topology while it seeks equilibrium in real time.

Genetic Staircase by Caliper Studio

2 December 2009 – A look at one of my favourite projects, Caliper Studio's Genetic Staircase. In this project they use a genetic algorithm to optimise the a truss that forms the stringers of the stairs.