Tools of the Imagination:
It is interesting to see and think about the evolution of the tools of architecture and also to consider what tools we might use as we move into the future. The new technology not only affects the tools we use to create the drawings and models for a building but also the design for the building. New materials and uses for these materials are changing and being adapted based on the new technologies presented.
The Invisible History of Erasing:
This writing is really interesting to me specifically because of experiences I have had with trying to use undo in real life. Having worked in an architectural firm for a couple of years doing primarily computer drafting work, I got very used to being able to undo any mistakes that I made. It became so common place for me to undo something I had drawn that when I would make a mistake or do something wrong in real life my initial reaction would be to undo it. Obviously that doesn’t work but as silly as it sounds it has happened to me many times. Therefore, I found the part of the writing that states “Designers know that it’s best to solve these problems before construction, because the real world has no ‘undo’ command” very entertaining.
Interestingly enough, there seems to be such a history and effort put into creating and revising the design of the rubber eraser yet we, as architects, do not use it much anymore because so much is done on the computer.
Retooling the Architecture Machine:
The writing states “Digital technologies are enabling a direct correlation between what can be designed and what can be built…”. I think this statement is very true. With today’s technology you no longer have to imagine what the building you are designing looks like. There is software, like Revit and Rhino, that allows you to actually go inside of your building and see what the spaces look like. Also, software, specifically like Revit, allows you to integrate all disciplines (mechanical, electrical, structural) into one model and when viewed you are not only able to see the architectural elements but the rest of the building components as well. The building can be portrayed with almost complete accuracy.
From my experience in working at an architectural firm, I have learned the importance of communications between all disciplines working on a single project. There is no substitute for communication. I can only imagine, as the writing mentions, the importance of communication and collaboration that needs to take place between architects, manufacturers, fabricators, material suppliers, and contractors on these technologically advanced projects. When using technology and machines that are so new to the world of architecture, a close collaboration of all individuals on the team is essential.