The article “Architectural Geometry as Design Knowledge” by Helmut Pottman speaks of new developments in architectural geometry.  As an emerging tool, it has the power to closer link design and construction while also allowing for the exploration of new architectural forms.  Interestingly, this type of design employs the concept of  “rationalization” and “optimization,” which essentially means to take a free form shape and make it into a constructible object.  This process responds to physically construction and other constraints, including: cost, manufacture time, manufacture size, etc.   Prior to this article and Professor Pigram’s weekend lecture, I had always thought computational geometry served only a niche market.  While it is a star player in many of the starchitects offices, its value to the profession is here to stay.  The reason I believe this is not only its value as tool for new aesthetic, but its ability to link design and manufacturing.  If we race into the future, buildings will be built by robots just as a car is built by machines on an assembly line.  The age of “dumb” information is over, and “smart” information is here to stay.  Lets get into the act, using this as one more tool to the architect’s vast repertoire.

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