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ARCHITECTURE AND MODERN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGIES

INTERNATIONAL ELECTRONIC SCIENTIFIC - EDUCATIONAL JOURNAL ON SCIENTIFIC-TECHNOLOGICAL AND EDUCATIONAL-METHODICAL ASPECTS OF MODERN ARCHITECTURAL EDUCATION AND DESIGNING WITH THE USAGE OF VIDEO AND COMPUTER TECHNOLOGIES

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ANALOG VS. DIGITAL : WHY BOTHER?
The role of Critical Points of Change (CPC) as a vital mechanism for enhancing design ability


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Panagiotis Parthenios ( )
Harvard Graduate School of Design, Greece

Abstract

Architects take advantage of a broad palette of tools and media for design, analog and digital, because each tool has its own strengths and weaknesses and provides an additional valuean added level of visionto the architect. This closely relates to the notion of Critical Points for Change (CPC) a contribution this study makes towards a better understanding of the uniqueness of the conceptual design process. CPC are crucial moments when the architect suddenly becomes able to see something which drives him to go back and either alter his idea and refine it or reject it and pursue a new one. They are crucial parts of the design process because they are a vital mechanism for enhancing design. The right choice and smooth combination of design tools, analog and digital, is critical for the design outcome. Using multiple tools allows the designer to overcome the possible influences and limitations imposed by a single tool. The current and evolving landscape is illustrated by co-existence, complementing and evolution of tools. The answer to the pseudo-dilemma of analog or digital is both.


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Keywords: Conceptual design, design process, tool, analog, digital
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