Design tools and the urgency of architecture

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Design tools and the urgency of architecture
AR-MA: Trifolium, 2014. Commissioned by Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Sydney, 2014. // Photo: Jacob Ring 2014
Design tools and the urgency of architecture
AR-MA: Trifolium, 2014. Commissioned by Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Sydney, 2014. // Photo: Jacob Ring 2014

Does the familiarity of particular design tools favour particular design outcomes? Are we accustomed to the innate parameters imbedded within design tools? Can the application of habitual methods applied to tools narrow creative problem solving? And are we complacent in our search for new tools?

These are some of the questions that fuelled an independent research on my behalf into the tools used within the design process and the methods applied to them in order to understand if tools were having an influence on design.

The motivation was inspired by a tepid attitude I had to the value of my own design outcomes during the last year of university. I began to question whether a tool kit comprising of Rhino, Illustrator, Photoshop, Maya, Grasshopper and a dash of the pen and paper was enough to equip me with the design challenges of an architectural career.

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