The purpose of this site was originally to make use of open source software for creative design- by- computer.
Nevertheless, it has developed into an information hub or library for my own specific projects. As such the site has its mission as justification and alibi for those projects.
Our brittle and emotionally riddled minds lack the raw computing power of even the simplest calculators, and in the last 2 decades generally artists have really gotten their eyes open to the fact that the computer can also be used for creative(generative) purposes, searching the endless universes of possibilities. Do not make the mistake of thinking that this is just about number crunching. "The whole is more than the sum of its parts" - that is a way of describing emergence. For an Architectural designer this could mean that there is no recipe/situation that will produce the same output twice. I admit that this discussion has been ongoing for decades in computer science, but it has reemerged several times following the overwhelming advances seen in computer - technology in the last 3 decades , and technology's move towards so- called artificial intelligence.
It seems as though the design paradigm from the view of the artist is putting on a new meaning. No longer are we designing every detail by hand(mouse), but we are making tools that generate different output for every time we use them. By that I do not mean using the tool in different ways. Rather, the tool takes on new abilities as it reacts to different environments. The concept of emergent design has to deal with this , and in my opinion one also has to question THE design paradigm in itself, since the meaning of the word design can be seen to have shifted. What is design in this context? What is it that you are designing ? The object or rather the tool for designing?
This site therefore will now focus on emergent design aspects, architectural design concepts and projects, software tools, and generative computer design theory.
There are a lot of different fields of expertise introduced through the main menu of this site. Common for all is the foundation they help build for the appreciation of the eventual computer- aided designs. If this is not appreciated, then the site in general will most likely seem confusing.
The site should not be seen as complete in any way, and all contributions will be greatly appreciated.
Through links and literature the visitor should be able to get up to speed with software programming aspects, but a special interest in the fields introduced is assumed for large parts of the website. Do not assume to intuitively understand all the material here. For more information about downloads please read the disclaimer on the main page of this site, in addition to text - info added to every item.
The front end of this site is HTML and PHP with an integrated flash menu. In addition you will also find content made with WT framework and a back end of C++ for server/desktop applications. It also provides several flash movies. In spite of this flash is not needed to view the site, as the HTML - part should be more ore less equivalent. Be aware that some ideas are hard to diagrammatically showcase interactively using ordinary scripting/dynamic languages, and that is why the flash technology and the specific web application framework was put to use.