Architecture and Computation

The first architects to use computers in the design processes were mainly interested in maximizing the efficiency of traditional working methods. Eero Saarrinen employed a special calculating machine to engineer the shells of his TWA terminal in New York, SOM implemented the first automated drafting system for in office work, and Frank Gehry used new data management technologies to speed the production of complex forms crafted in the studio by hand. The second wave is marked by an interest in forms and architectural design strategies that could not have been pursued with conventional means. Designers instead barrowed advanced 3D modeling software from the film industry to help visualize and robotically construct complex geometries for buildings made with non-standard parts. Following this last group there will be a third and final wave that exploits the idea of computational universality.

The Journal of Architecture and Computation publishes articles addressing all aspects of the impact of information and computation on architecture. We accept submissions for online publication. Feel free to submit articles and proposals for articles.This site provides an opportunity for those interested in the field to discuss their reactions to articles in the Journal, and to respond to each other. Please participate.