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The Design of Design: Essays from a Computer Scientist by Jr. - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Frederick P. Brooks

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17. A Computer Scientist’s Dream System for Designing Houses—Mind to Machine

UNC GRIP Molecular Graphics System user consoleJames Lipscomb

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Pyramids, cathedrals, and rockets exist not because of geometry, theory of structures, or thermodynamics, but because they were first pictures—literally visions—in the minds of those who conceived them.

EUGENE FERGUSON [1992], ENGINEERINGAND THE MIND’S EYE

The Challenge

Suppose one could imagine into existence an ideal computer system for the architectural design of houses and other buildings. What would it be like?

A Vision

A professional architect is obviously better equipped than I to envision an entire ...

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