Is Architecture in danger from automated design?. . . . Not likely, see why….

This is a great article about why architects really don’t need to worry about AI ever (or at least in the perceivable future) replacing the human decision making process. It is just another confirmation of the little phrase (I forget who said it) ” automate when possible”. Basically it boils down to computers are good a crunching large amounts of data (which, honestly, we humans don’t do so well at) and human excel at spontaneous, intuitive and sometimes, illogical decision making (something computers will likely never be able to accomplish, even if we can make them mimic us). But don’t … Continue reading Is Architecture in danger from automated design?. . . . Not likely, see why….

The Importance of Clean Design Models Early in the Design Process…

Recently, I was asked why someone like me, who is more interested in advanced 3D modeling, parametric design, scripting, digital fabrication and 3D printing, would be interested in the DD, CD and CA phases of the architectural design process. I ended up writing a rather long letter to this person and I would like to share some of those thoughts here: My passion is for the built environment—to build things at a human scale that last and change the lives of those who interact with them every day. My long term career goal is to implement technology in a greater … Continue reading The Importance of Clean Design Models Early in the Design Process…

Local Digi Fab Projects in Process…

There are some really inspiring projects in the Bay Area that are currently in construction or recently finished construction that I thought it was about time I shared with everyone….     690 Folsom, San Francisco Office of Charles F. Bloszies An abandoned parking garage stood as an eyesore on a prominent corner as buildings around it were transformed to meet the demand for space in San Francisco’s South of Market (SOMA) district. Boston Properties acquired the site as part of a larger development behind it and asked for a distinctive, eye-catching makeover. The new design features a metal screen … Continue reading Local Digi Fab Projects in Process…