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Scripting Cultures: Architectural Design and Programming

Scripting Cultures: Architectural Design and Programming

Mark Burry

ISBN: 978-0-470-74642-4 August 2011 272 Pages

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With scripting, computer programming becomes integral to the digital design process. It provides unique opportunities for innovation, enabling the designer to customise the software around their own predilections and modes of working. It liberates the designer by automating many routine aspects and repetitive activities of the design process, freeing-up the designer to spend more time on design thinking. Software that is modified through scripting offers a range of speculations that are not possible using the software only as the manufacturers intended it to be used. There are also significant economic benefits to automating routines and coupling them with emerging digital fabrication technologies, as time is saved at the front-end and new file-to-factory protocols can be taken advantage of. Most significantly perhaps, scripting as a computing program overlay enables the tool user (designer) to become the new tool maker (software engineer). Though scripting is not new to design, it is only recently that it has started to be regarded as integral to the designer's skill set rather than a technical speciality.  Many designers are now aware of its potential, but remain hesitant.  This book treats scripting not only as a technical challenge, requiring clear description, guidance and training, but also, and more crucially, answers the question as to why designers should script in the first place, and what the cultural and theoretical implications are.

This book:

  • Investigates the application of scripting for productivity, experimentation and design speculation.
  • Offers detailed exploration of the scripting of Gaudí's final realised design for the Sagrada Família, leading to file-to-factory digital fabrication.
  • Features projects and commentary from over 30 contemporary scripting leaders, including Evan Douglis, Marc Fornes, Sawako Kaijima, Achim Menges, Neri Oxman, Casey Reas and Hugh Whitehead of Foster + Partners.

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Chapter 1 Scripting cultures 008

Chapter 2 Contextual summary of computing, scripting and speculative design 013

Chapter 3 Cultural defence 027

Chapter 4 Resources 072

Chapter 5 Dimensions 089

Chapter 6 Scripted productivity: Gaudí’s rose windows 126

Chapter 7 Composition and form 152

Chapter 8 Simplifying complexity for fabrication 171

Chapter 9 Scripting narrative space: Our World and The Third Policeman 190

Chapter 10 Performative scripting 224

Chapter 11 Cultural account: scripting and shifts in authorship 246

Glossary 256

Scripting tools 260

Recommended reading 265

Index 267

Picture credits 271