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ACSA TAD Journal Simulations

Issue 1:2


The simulation of physical reality is a necessary preoccupation of the architect, engineer, builder and systems specialist. For centuries, simulations have existed in the form of heuristic techniques used in establishing rules of thumb for architecture and design. This issue explores how architecture benefits from the availability of near-immediate performance simulations executed during the design process and enabled by advanced computation software and rapid prototyping.

In the fall of 2016, architect Thom Mayne, in conjunction with UCLA’s Now Institute, unveiled a proposal for...
Effective Data Visualization: The Right Chart for the Right Data, and Data Visualization: A Handbook For Data Driven Design
Though not always obvious, there is a notable difference between research that searches for the truth and research...
The Truthful Art: Data, Charts and Maps for Communication
Cartographic Grounds is a beautifully conceived and executed book that explores the productive overlaps between...
Cartographic Grounds: Projecting the Landscape Imaginary
In their book Prototyping for Architects, authors Jane and Mark Burry provide insight into the wide-ranging means,...
Prototyping for Architects
Mass-Customization, a term coined in 1987 by Stan Davis in his seminal book Future Perfect, described what was...
Symposium: “Mass Customization and Design Democratization”
Throughout the late 1930s and early 1940s there was much speculation in the pages of California Arts and Architecture,...