Title: How digital tools shape the way architects think : the digital design process in architecture
Language: English
Authors: Stangl, Benjamin
Qualification level: Diploma
Advisor: Ferschin, Peter 
Issue Date: 2013
Number of Pages: 125
Qualification level: Diploma
Digital technologies have not only infiltrated almost every aspect of our everyday lives but have become an omnipresent tool in architecture practice and an integral part of the design process itself.
There is broad consent that the digital tools significantly changed the way architecture is developed and conceived today. Digital technologies are used in almost all phases of architecture projects. However, little research has focused on the driving forces and the impact of computerization in the design process. This thesis explores how digital design tools shape the architectural design process and analyses digital design methods. Many popular design tools and methods in contemporary architecture have primarily been developed in other disciplines, such as car manufacturing, aerospace, shipbuilding, and product design. Some technologies diffused into architecture and became popular design tools.
Parallel developments in other fields, such as computer science, mathematics, and engineering, together with societal changes form the basis of the digital revolution in architecture. Digital technologies extended the design vocabulary and liberated architects from former constraints. Increasing computational power enhanced the efficiency and speed of the design and production processes, enabling architects to handle geometrically complex forms. Parametric design in combination with production techniques such as rapid prototyping are hard to imagine without the support of digital technologies. Architecture projects of the last decades are juxtaposed with advances in digital technologies, looking beyond computer-aided design for drafting and visualization to the creative and generative potential of digital media. Upcoming digital technologies are investigated regarding their potential integration in future architectural practice and software programs.
Keywords: digitale Architektur; Entwurfsprozess; CAAD; Entwurfswerkzeug
digital architecture; design process; CAAD; design tool
URI: https://resolver.obvsg.at/urn:nbn:at:at-ubtuw:1-53622
Library ID: AC10774637
Organisation: E259 - Institut für Architekturwissenschaften 
Publication Type: Thesis
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