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authors Roe, Sharon L.
year 1995
title Investigations into the Production of Form
source Computing in Design - Enabling, Capturing and Sharing Ideas [ACADIA Conference Proceedings / ISBN 1-880250-04-7] University of Washington (Seattle, Washington / USA) October 19-22, 1995, pp. 371-382
summary Computers have exploded into the world of the architect, yet architects have only begun to explore the role of computers in the creative process or the effects of particular applications on design projects. Likewise, educators are seeking methods for investigating the computer as a tool which may or may not effect the thing produced. Is it a tool for representation (copying), or a key player in the generation of ideas—a tool for the production of form? This paper describes the theoretical foundations and results of a series of exercises developed for beginning design students. In three investigations students consider: Algorithms (the fundamental logic of a computer application) using Building blocks (reductive entities that act as the origins of form) by Collaging and making assemblies (techniques for experimentation and exploration). The purpose of these exercises (called ABC exercises) is to explore the relationship between the computer as a tool and the production of form and type in architecture.
series ACADIA
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