Workflow 2010: Designing Industry


Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation Scott Marble, instructor, with Julie Jira

Peter Adams

12/15/10 Final Presentation

Presentation File

Only Diagram File

12/12/10 Quick Revision to Practice Diagram:

I want to integrate the role of the various parties as they relate to the parametric project.  The right hand page of my old diagram was more of an explanation of how the database firm establishes itself.  I think for this diagram I should just assume a mature database firm and show which parts of the project are the result of past projects and which parts are new, or if I can, how to decide between the two – new content or re-combinated existing content.

11/24/10 Practice Diagram:

Building a practice is building a database.  If work is formatted in a consistent parametric manner, that is following the INPUT, FUNCTION, OUTPUT structure, then it can be possible to re-use, re-combine, re-configure, re-etc. the consituent parts of a project file structure.  This means that as new projects are taken on by a practice, new functions, rules, relationships and workflows can be added to the database; new parameters and configurations can be chosen to drive the geometry; new feedback loops from output to input can be connected, resulting in a diverse output of work.

I predict that the inputs will be very different for each project, but the categories (site analysis, program analysis, zoning restrictions, etc.) would remain more stable.  The functions will require the most work when the practice is young, as little can be re-used, and what is will likely be re-worked to make it flexible enough to be re-applied.  But this work, front loaded within the long term growth of the firm will pay back in a great saving of redundancy in the future.  Firms already “re-use” all kinds of things from project to project.  This process will formalize and streamline that phenomenon to the extreme.  The outputs will be similar to the inputs, in that they will very rarely be re-used.  After all, the hope is that the end result of a process will be uniquely fitted to each project.  However, some output functions could be re-used: drawing formats and representational logics will be established, shedule formats and specification books, as long as they remain necessary, could be re-used.  However, the job of exporting content from the BIM model will gradually be taken over by the recieving parties  as those parties transition to BIM compatible processes.

Eventually, I predict that the database will be vast enough, and enough internal functions and modules and processes will be developed, that it could become the raw material to spawn products rather than processes.  These parts of the firms internal database could be packaged, copyrighted and sold en-masse as design tools.

10/19/10 Studio:

Push and Filter

10/19/10 Firm:



Link to AI file


One Response

  1. Scott says:

    Here are some comments on your Future Practice Diagrams. The questions are intended to help you refine the diagram and text.

    The analogy between a practice and a database has potential and is very unique. The immediate challenge with this comparison is that the organization of a practice involves many complex human factors that are difficult to fit into an input, function, and output structure. The clarity of this structure is very useful but your diagram now has to address this issue.
    – Right now, your diagram is representing a project organization more than a practice organization so you need to shift the emphasis to describe organizational relationships. Your first version was closer to a practice diagram.
    – The second page of your diagram has far too little information to be understood.

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