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authors Schmitt, Gerhard
year 1987
title The Perceived Impact of Computers on the Teaching of Design Goals and Reality
source Integrating Computers into the Architectural Curriculum [ACADIA Conference Proceedings] Raleigh (North Carolina / USA) 1987, pp. 135-152
summary The actual and potential impact of computers on design education is an issue of growing concern for students, faculty, and practitioners. The assessment ranges from very positive to negative. (On first sight, the complexity of reasons for and against computers in design seems overwhelming. This paper attempts to isolate reasons for the various attitudes and find a method to judge the impact of computers on design education rationally by identifying goals and comparing them to reality.

Part One establishes facts: the human and financial investment that universities have made in CAD, based on results from publications and a national ACADIA survey, and the investment of architectural firms in CAD, based on recent national and regional in-depth studies.

Part Two examines goals of the use of CAD in the design studio. For better analysis, goals are divided into two extreme categories: tool independent and tool dependent. Tool independent goals are born out of the need to improve the existing design education, independent from technological development. Tool dependent goals are tailored to the alleged capabilities of new software and hardware and to pressure from the professional community. The actual definition of goals for design education will lie somewhere in between.

Part three examines the reality in the design studio. It tries to determine the place of the computer in the design process from a student's view, and an educator's view. The last section is dedicated to the testing of the developed theory against actual studios.

series ACADIA
email gerhard.schmitt@sl.ethz.ch
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100%; open (1986) Find in CUMINCAD National Architectural Acreditation Board , 1986/87 NAAB Annual Statistics. Computer disk
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100%; open Flemming, Ulrich and Schmitt, Gerhard (1986) Find in CUMINCAD The Computer in the Design Studio , Ideas and Exercises that Go Beyond Automated Drafting. In Tumer, James A. (editor), Architectural Education, Research, and Practice in the Next Decade, pages 55_78. Association of Computer Aided Design in Architecture, October, 1986c
100%; open Mitchell, William (1987) Find in CUMINCAD Final addres to the CAAD Futures'87 conference at Eindhoven University of Technology , The Netherlands, May 1987
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100%; open Schmitt, Gerhard (1987) Find in CUMINCAD ARCHPLAN: An Architectural Front End to Engineering Expert Systems , Technical Report, Engineering Design Research Center, Carnegie-Mellon University, August, 1987
100%; open Stoller, Adam (1987) Find in CUMINCAD CAD in Architecture - A Survey on the Use of Computer Aided Design Systems in the Architectural Profession , Comprehensive Examination and Independent Study, Department of Architecture, Carnegie-Mellon University, May 1987

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