With scripting, computer programming becomes integral to the digital
design process. It provides unique opportunities for innovation,
enabling the designer to customise the software around their own
predilections and modes of working. It liberates the designer by
automating many routine aspects and repetitive activities of the design
process, freeing-up the designer to spend more time on design thinking.
Software that is modified through scripting offers a range of
speculations that are not possible using the software only as the
manufacturers intended it to be used. There are also significant
economic benefits to automating routines and coupling them with emerging
digital fabrication technologies, as time is saved at the front-end and
new file-to-factory protocols can be taken advantage of. Most
significantly perhaps, scripting as a computing program overlay enables
the tool user (designer) to become the new tool maker (software
engineer). Though scripting is not new to design, it is only recently
that it has started to be regarded as integral to the designer's skill
set rather than a technical speciality. Many designers are now aware of
its potential, but remain hesitant. This book treats scripting not
only as a technical challenge, requiring clear description, guidance and
training, but also, and more crucially, answers the question as to why
designers should script in the first place, and what the cultural and
theoretical implications are.
Investigates the application of scripting for productivity, experimentation and design speculation.
detailed exploration of the scripting of Gaudí's final realised design
for the Sagrada Família, leading to file-to-factory digital fabrication.
projects and commentary from over 30 contemporary scripting leaders,
including Evan Douglis, Marc Fornes, Sawako Kaijima, Achim Menges, Neri
Oxman, Casey Reas and Hugh Whitehead of Foster + Partners.
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