The mistaken dimensionality of CAD

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Abstract

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
Volume56
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2002
Externally publishedYes

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  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts
  • Architecture
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The mistaken dimensionality of CAD. / Lonsway, Brian.

In: Journal of Architectural Education, Vol. 56, No. 2, 11.2002, p. 23-25.

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