The mistaken dimensionality of CAD

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Computer Aided Design software has an unfortunate tendency to suppress the rich dimensions of computational complexity in favor of a feeble representation of dimension appropriately labeled D. 3D and 4D software applications categorically manifest either the three geometric axes of Cartesian space or the four axes of Minkowskian space-time in spatial dimensions. But all that these dimensional representations can portray are geometric simulations of objects in space. Computational multi-dimensionality as expressed in the mechanisms of numeric manipulation offers designers more: a space for design parallel to that space within which architects have traditionally designed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)23-25
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Architectural Education
Issue number2
StatePublished - Nov 2002
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Architecture
  • Education
  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts


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