My basket contains:

0 items £0.00

View Basket

£34.99

Add to basket
Price in Euros €39.11
Price in USD $43.20
Select your currency
Calculated price

FREE UK Postage for online orders over £60

Terms and conditions apply

Builders of the Vision: Software and the Imagination of Design

Daniel Cardoso Llach

  • Format: Book

  • Pages: 226

  • Publisher: Taylor and Francis

  • Date Published: Jun 2015

  • Stock Code: 86023

  • ISBN: 9780415744997

  • Binding: Paperback

Average Rating: Be the first to rate this product!
Your Rating:
Total rating: 0 out of 5
Total votes: 0

Description

Builders of the Vision traces the intellectual history and contemporary practices of Computer-Aided Design (CAD) and Numerical Control since the years following World War II until today. Drawing from primary archival and ethnographic sources, it identifies and documents the crucial ideas shaping digital design technologies since the first numerical control and CAD systems were developed under US Air Force research contracts at MIT between 1949 and 1970: the cybernetic theorization of design as a human-machine endeavor; the vision of computers as "perfect slaves" taking care of the drudgery of physical labor; the techno-social utopias of computers as vehicles of democracy and social change; the entrepreneurial urge towards design and construction integration; and the managerial ideologies enabling today’s transnational geographies of practice.

Examining the contrasting, and often conflicting, sensibilities that converge into CAD and BIM discourses - globalism, utopianism, entrepreneurialism, and architects’ desires for aesthetic liberation - Builders of the Vision shows that software systems and numerically controlled machines are not merely "instruments," or "tools," but rather versatile metaphors reconfiguring conceptions of design, materiality, work, and what it means to be creative. Crucially, by revealing software systems as socio-technical infrastructures that mediate the production of our built environments, author Daniel Cardoso Llach builds a strong case for the fields of architecture, media, and science and technology studies to critically engage with both the politics and the poetics of technology in design.

Builders of the Vision will be essential reading for scholars and practitioners across disciplines interested in the increasingly complex socio-technical systems that go into imagining and building of our artifacts, buildings, and cities.

Post a Review

You need to be logged in to post a review

Customers Who Bought This Also Bought



Defining Contemporary Professionalism: For Architects in Practice and Education

Defining Contemporary Professionalism: For Architects in Practice and Education

This book is a series of curated essays by high-profile architecture and design leaders and educators on the topic of professionalism. The book... (more)

£35.00

Add to basket
Builders of the Vision: Software and the Imagination of Design Defining Contemporary Professionalism: For Architects in Practice and Education

Defining Contemporary Professionalism: For Architects in Practice and Education

Defining Contemporary Professionalism: For Architects in Practice and Education

This book is a series of curated essays by high-profile architecture and design leaders and educators on the topic of professionalism. The book... (more)

£35.00

Add to basket
Builders of the Vision: Software and the Imagination of Design Defining Contemporary Professionalism: For Architects in Practice and Education

Housing Fit For Purpose: Performance, Feedback and Learning

Housing Fit For Purpose: Performance, Feedback and Learning

Housing Fit for Purpose sets out a research-focused approach to looking at the challenges facing the built environment in approaching the... (more)

£30.00

Add to basket
Builders of the Vision: Software and the Imagination of Design Housing Fit For Purpose: Performance, Feedback and Learning

Lead Designer's Handbook: Managing design and the design team in the digital age

Lead Designer's Handbook: Managing design and the design team in the digital age

Despite co-ordination being the principal focus of the Lead Designer’s role, there is very little written about how to undertake these duties... (more)

£35.00

Add to basket
Builders of the Vision: Software and the Imagination of Design Lead Designer's Handbook: Managing design and the design team in the digital age

A Domestic Client's Guide to Engaging an Architect

A Domestic Client's Guide to Engaging an Architect

If you need to understand about engaging the services of an architect, this updated RIBA guide is for you. Straightforward and completely up-to... (more)

£10.00

Add to basket
Builders of the Vision: Software and the Imagination of Design A Domestic Client's Guide to Engaging an Architect

Age-friendly Housing: Future design for older people

Age-friendly Housing: Future design for older people

This book embeds the principles of how we should approach the design of future housing for an ageing population, reminding us that this is not... (more)

£40.00

Add to basket
Builders of the Vision: Software and the Imagination of Design Age-friendly Housing: Future design for older people

Recently Viewed