CAD Principles for Architectural Design: Analytical Approaches to Computational Representation of Architectural Form

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Architectural Press, 2001 - Architecture - 242 pages
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CAD Principles for Architectural Design is aimed at design students and practitioners interested in understanding how CAD is used in architectural practice. This book makes connections between the basic operations that are common to most CAD systems, and their use in practice on actual architectural design projects.

The ways in which CAD is integrated into the design processes of several leading edge practices is illustrated. Arising from these case studies is the emergence of a contemporary phenomenon of integrated CAD, in which all aspects of design schemes are brought together within computational frameworks that support the analysis of design proposals.

Szalapaj's view of CAD is one in which computers constitute a medium in which designers can express design ideas, rather than viewing computers as problem solving machines. For creative designers to successfully exploit CAD technology, CAD systems should reflect designers' intuitions as described by designers themselves

*Learn how to express your design ideas in CAD
*Understand the principles of CAD that are essential to all architects
*Turns theory into practice with an international range of contemporary architectural projects

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Peter Szalapaj gained a doctorate in ' Computer Aided Design' from Edinburgh University. He has been lecturing on CAD at Sheffield University since 1992 and is the author of numerous papers and technical reports on the subject. His view of CAD goes against the orthodox ambitions for intelligent or expert systems, and favours the use of computers as a medium which designers can exhibit their own intelligence.

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