30/11/2016 - Written by Ben van Berkel
The ubiquity of computation in contemporary architectural practice has seen its expediency extend beyond the generation and control of form. Indeed, the influence and reach of computation has modified design processes internally, while enabling more efficient communication and coordination with external parties.
Whether through proprietary or customised software, or even a single piece of code, computation’s potential lies in its flexibility to communicate design across multiple disciplines via associative data. Information embedded within digital models assumes an equivalent importance to the geometries representing the physical objects – the implication is that we are literally ‘modelling information’.
The flexible attitude towards modelled information eschews dependence on single software platforms; instead we design processes to manage data in a project specific way. This approach to modelled information can be grouped under two distinct categories: softBIM and hardBIM.
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