Message - Re: Is Digital Design Desirable?

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Posted by  Kevin Matthews on January 11, 2003 at 10:22:00:

In Reply to:  Is Digital Design Desirable? posted by Miguel on January 11, 2003 at 04:40:09:

Whilst this has apparent benefits in terms of realising initial design ideas - think Gehry and Bilbao, it is also becoming a generative tool.

The example here is mistaken. Frank Gehry designs primarily using the traditional methods of loose sketches on paper, with most of the sculptural development done using physical models in non-realistic, easily worked sketch-moeling materials.

When the generative design work is largely complete, Gehry's technical support staff then digitizes the 3D models to use digital representations for construction documents and sometimes to drive fabrication of building parts. If we're going to project our thinking based on examples, let's try to get valid examples to start with.

Ghery aside, there is a lot of bizzare nonsense design being generated with free-form computer modeling tools. As long as that's in the virtual realm, I'm not so concerned. But I'm more concerned about the potential negative influence of the whacky inhumanity of some computer-generated virtual architecture on real buildings.

I do see the apparent abdication of sincere critical thinking by many contemporary studio critics with regard to blob architecture as a real cause for concern.

BTW, the digital work of Gehry's office is mentioned in this current ArchWeek article...

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