LeDeuzzy, Q.

New Dexterity

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distortion of plans, etc.
...spent some time today playing with the Bye House plans (and also the Wagner House). ...uneven scale/rotation distortion, then began to see dramatic results when simply moving various parts of the plan. Essentially, whole new buildings emerged. ...next perform these manipulations on the 3d models.
...pushing the envelope of acceptable design practice. ...a totally new type of design methodology...
...the opportunity to create completely new buildings, which in turn may become whole new virtual environments.
These manipulative operations, which are made extremely easy with CAD, raises some serious issues, e.g., copyrights, integrity of the secondary designer, as well as pushing the envelope of acceptable design practice. In the realm of theory, however, this exercise initiates a totally new type of design methodology--one that stems almost purely from the benefits of cyberspace.

gallery 1999
The real theme for this exhibit is that nothing will be presented in tha straight-forward manner. If something is too ordinary in its presentation, all I have to do is add some out of the ordinary element or introduse an angle to make it something that has yet to be seen.
Start with a display of many different (crazy) plans.
...well capable of creating interesting and provocative collages, but will I come up with any other far out designs?

Re: def: AutoCAD Architecture
There are various automatic CAD operations that more or less predispose a design methodology; these are usually software specific and each software's automatic functions results in a more or less specific type of architecture.
CAD, in general, offers a multitude of new dexterity issues for architects, designers and draftspersons, many of which go largely underused because the time that architects sit at CAD workstations is rarely a time for research and development.
Any instrument, no matter how good or bad, is still almost totally reliant on the person that uses it. CAD, in and of itself, significantly increases humanity's dexterity, but its does not independantly produce any architecture or aesthetic.

1998.12.01 11:02
Re: def: AutoCAD Architecture
Gehry and Eisenman are more and more capitalizing on the new dexterity that CAD newly continues to offers designers. They, too, are increasingly being inspired by particular high-end cad softwares. The architects and the software TOGETHER are manifesting a new architectural aesthetic--THE SOFTWARE IS NOT DOING IT ALONE.
The mundane and ordinary environment that is out there had its beginnings long before any CAD software was used by architects, and therefore CAD has nothing necessarily to do with the phenomenon.
An architect can use the offerings of CAD either imaginatively or unimaginative, and I suspect that CAD only stifles and suppresses, or conversely aids by automation, those architects that lack well greased imaginations. I have no doubt that architects who care about design and also use CAD are making the best, or at least trying to make the best, of all that CAD has to offer.




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