Research in Design Thinking, 1992

Thursday, October 19, 2006

"It has been almost a quarter of a century since the computer made its glamorous entrance into architecture with the publication of two seminal works, Serge Chermayeff's and Christopher Alexander's Community and Privacy (1963), followed a year later by Christopher Alexander's Notes on the Synthesis of Form (1964). In spite of this enthusiastic beginning, the relation between architecture and the computer has not been a steady one. There has been a period of excitement, intensive efforts and experimentation which took place mainly during the decade of the nineteen sixties, which was succeeded by a decade of neglect to be finally followed by the current era of renewed interest. Why have the relations between architecture and computer gone through this full cycle? Is the computer here to stay, and in what capacity? Can it help improve design? Should the failures of the past be left behind or are they something to examine seriously for the valuable information they can provide for the future of the computer in architecture? It seems to me that a brief retrospective look will be useful before responding to these questions." to find out more...
Passage from http://www.bk.tudelft.nl/dks/publications/online%20publications/1992-rdt-huts%20ships%20and%20bottleracks.htm

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