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id ecaade03_173_08_serrato
authors Serrato-Combe, Antonio
year 2003
title Going Upstream - Finding New Ways to Enhance the Use of Computers as Design Tools
source Digital Design [21th eCAADe Conference Proceedings / ISBN 0-9541183-1-6] Graz (Austria) 17-20 September 2003, pp. 173-176
summary The power of the computer as a design tool and as a design stimulator has still to be fully exploited (…) The previous statement from the conference theme, couldn’t be more correct. However, the question then becomes why?Why computers aren’t used more often as design tools? In trying to find answers and solutions to these questions, the author has applied an approach similar to that taken by river explorers. These individuals, when exploring the course of a river, begin the journey at the mouth of the river, not at the source. They go up river, against the current, searching into the larger tributaries first and then proceeding to look at the smaller rivulets. In other words, rather than proposing some theoretical construct that one could put to the digital design test and find out why we’re having problems with computers in terms of design creativity, here the course was reversed and began with a product that was analyzed in order to find its sources. The paper (a) presents the rationales behind the procedural approach to digital modeling, (b) the process that was used to investigate the approach, (c) its outcome.
series eCAADe
email serrato@arch.utah.edu
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