This session focused on CATIA as a tool for authoring adaptive, parametric geometry. As the evolving nature of design requires us to handle more complexity at a faster pace, it is becoming increasingly important to create flexible, scalable systems that can accommodate change. The ability to layer, nest and embed rules and logic into design allows for parallel workflows, while the increasing availability of CNC and direct-to-fabrication processes allows updates to systems that are a few clicks away from fabrication. With the design-to-fabrication workflow becoming a more immediate process, efficiencies come from the ability to skip formalities of documentation; total control of geometry is essential to establish trust with third-parties responsible for manufacturing the product. Coursework involved the design of independent systems of adaptive modules as well as systems that interact with geometry backgrounds (provided) such as structural systems.
The future of the architectural profession is not in the production of drawing sets. While the relatively recent emergence of building information modeling in architecture relies on the coordination of systems from the various trades in a federated three-dimensional environment, little has been done to challenge the traditional two-dimensional deliverable.
Revit, which has emerged as the industry standard BIM authoring tool in architectural practice, is built to produce a drawing set. It is not a good modeling software and is a clunky 3d environment to navigate, collaborate and coordinate design. Other modeling platforms used in the industry such as Rhinoceros and 3ds Max and Maya are far more agile both in form-generation and user-interface. Revit, which essentially functions as a graphic interface for Microsoft Excel, sacrifices facility for parametric restraints and integrated two-dimensional production. This session was dedicated to the use of CATIA as a collaborative environment for coordinating design. We used its unmatched ability to organize, visualize, navigate and analyze a vast amount of geometry in conjunction with native tools for dynamic sectioning, 3d annotation and measurement to propose alternate, more efficient methods of communicating design beyond the 2d drawing.