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id ijac20032208
authors Talbott, Kyle W.
year 2004
title Divergent Thinking in the Construction of Architectural Models
source International Journal of Architectural Computing vol. 2 - no. 2
summary The article examines one little understood butubiquitous form of divergent thinking achievedintermittently during the act of drawing or modeling.It is argued that this phenomenon, here calledintermittent divergence, is rooted in a special kind ofinteraction between perception and imagination, andthat this interaction has specific experientialrequirements. Three requirements are defined. Theresulting new theory then provides a framework forthe critical analysis of conventional digital modelingand parametric modeling. Conventional modelingmethods are shown to satisfy the requirements forintermittent divergence, while parametric modelingmethods are shown to undermine them. The articleconcludes that parametric systems, as currentlydeveloped, could inhibit rather than augment thisimportant route to creativity. Additionally, the articlequestions prevailing beliefs about the computersupport of creativity, including the premise thatsketching is an ideal creative medium and the premisethat ambiguity in graphical depictions is key to thesupport of creativity. The theory offers an alternativeview on these issues.
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