With this post, intended to be primarily titled “Has anyone noticed the conspiracy behind BIM software?” it is more than a pleasure to announce the comeback of daanico in the thresholds of cyber-landscape.
After quite (quite) a while spent in the studio, all the assignments, trips (which after all should not be seen pejorative) and projects are finally over, so one loses all the excuses to slink away from the ever-exciting journey of architectural journalism.
And what a better way to reactivate the machine, if not through a disruptive revolution of its system? Who might find a possibly better way than shifting focus from the previous phenomenologically-based experiencing architecture into its technological and social analysis. Exactly these subjects devoured my last year, which otherwise can be stated (on one breath) as ProcessingRhinoGrasshopperRevitDynamo + plugins, plugins and plugins.
I is for Information
The most disruptive of them all be BIM, with emphaisis on “I” and the idea of unifing the whole building process and all its hard-working phases of technicians, architects, engineers and contractors into a one gigantic platform. To draw this idea more precisely I will re-write what I have put down on a paper after a one long Sunday spent in Revit Family Editor:
- “We will come up with a single program that will be used by everyone designing, engineering or managing the building process (…) from the highest skyscrapers to the daily products.
- We will have a single library of manufacturers’ data on every building component and we will be able to download it, process it and upload it back.
- We will create system of scripts and algorithms so intelligent that it will always find the best solution in any part of the world.”
… and architects become Information Workers and Design will ultimately lose its arbitrariness for ever-logical system of zeros and ones – NOT? Maybe…
Given development of Dynamo strongly underway, scripting and coding will surely become standard in most of architecture schools. Forgetting about artistic, phenomenological character of design – NOT!
The two must come together, must collaborate, to create the Fallingwater effect, which gives design its flux and its drama, and ultimately determines its real value.