Modelling from design, to documentation, to site
The model has always been central to the design process in the office. The simple three-dimensional card models for which we are known can provide incredibly sophisticated. The ability to hold these in your hand and “understand” the whole project as a totality – rather than as a series of screen views – is well understood.
As with our other uses of computation, new tools are deployed to reinforce and extend what we do. The power of parametric modelling both as a design tool but also to optimise procurement and fabrication is now well known, yet we steadfastly insist upon the use of all and any tool as is appropriate to the task. For example, parametric modelling is deployed surgically – when it offers greater efficiency or insight than more traditional methods. In doing this we now also find feedback loops between our traditional models, 3D printing and script-based modelling can open up a design process in ways not possible when the practice started.
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