The online courses I am doing at COFA are proving most thought provoking. Visualising the Past is exploring through the discussions a host of details about the logic and requirements of reconstructions of various types.
I am looking forward to trying to get into IMAX actually to catch some of the Architectural ones on there (one on Greece and the other Egypt) - failing that Dinosaurs 3D or Sea Monsters 3D would be awesome.
Digital Architecture, Arups and the Bishopsgate Tower
In the Digital Architecture course I enjoyed reading the Arup report on how they are using computers to help create architecture with astonishing complexity.
One building featured was the Bishopsgate Tower under construction in London. The complex spiral form, structural elements and glass facade were all made possible via the computer models. These models also allowed the integration of elements like the 90,000 photovoltaic cells and other environmental performance features. When you see that their model for the tubular bracing system encoded some 3 x 10 to the 48 possible designs, it shows that the computer was essential in helping build the design. Exploring this many iterations of a design which in turn create variations across a range of performance and aesthetic measures is not possible without the firepower of modern computer models and hardware.
What this leads to is the ability to work with highly complex forms and logics while retaining fine control over performance issues like environmental management, structural requirements, economics and even buildability.
The report is at : giannibotsford.com
[images of the Bishopsate Tower from Skyscraper News]
Some more info: Skyscraper News.