Jan '05 - Jul '05
Okay, people out there in archinect-world don't seem to want to talk about tools, but for those few souls who might care, I just ran across something I probably should have known about long ago: SVG. It's a vector-graphics standard as open as HTML (since it's written by the same people). Apparently Firefox 1.1 may have built-in support for SVG-viewing, allowing vectors to be integrated with HTML documents rather than locked in an image or plug-in frame. Here's the wikipedia entry about it:
I'm excited because I don't think vector graphics should be the domain of Illustrator and Flash and that's it. Ever since I wrote some code in postscript to draw fractals for a computer science class in undergrad, I've been waiting for a wider adoption of open, scriptable vector formats and tools. Obviously SVG is just a format, the tools matter too. Apparently Illustrator already offers support (you can export SVG files).
I guess that's it. I'm in the final stretch of work here, writing a paper on FLW and traditional Japanese houses (which is going to be tricky because everything has already been said). The "Year-End Show" here at Columbia will open the weekend of Saturday the 14th. Anybody who is in the area should come, it's usually really fun: the whole school fills with studio work in installations designed and built by the students in the two days prior. I will try to put some photos up once we start working on ours... not sure what we'll be doing yet.
I did an M.Arch. I at the GSAPP between 2002 and 2005. I started this blog only in my final semester, when I had Ed Keller as my studio critic.