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PROLOGUE

PROLOGUE

THE HYBRID DESIGNER BY JANE HILDER

01 / THE HYBRID DESIGNER
JONATHAN WATTS

EN_ IS A NEW ERA OF DESIGN upon us? Have we have put
down our drafting pencils for the last time, as we focus upon
our computer screens? Has the human hand, armed with
a pencil and a T-square, been trumped by digital drafting's
production speed, dynamism and customizability?
It is true that hand drawing remains a valuable skill. Drawing
and conceptualizing cannot be replicated by a machine, and
sketching is a difficult task to perform digitally. Nevertheless,
hand drawn ideas transition well into digital drawings: both
are based on lines, curves, circles and arcs. But with digital
drafting, multiple designers and engineers can simultaneously
edit a plethora of layers of information in a single drawing set.
NEW LEVELS OF COMPLEXITY
Digital drafting has evolved into 3D techniques, including
parametric modelling. Parametric modelling involves writing
complex computer scripts for use in the design process. Is the
creator of these scripts a hybrid between a programmer and
a designer?
Because the complexity can be daunting, it is perhaps best
to explain parametric modelling by describing how a model is
created and used. I have created a parametric tool called CUT.
fill, in which the hybrid designer first inputs a series of 3D
models grouped as the existing topography. Then, he/she adds
another set of models: the proposed design. Each element
of each group of models can overlap, and do not need to be

closed geometry. CUT.fill then calculates the volume difference
between each set of models, outputting the total volume
difference between the two.
This information can be used to balance cut and fill on a site,
and predict costs associated with the earthmoving for the
project under study. This script runs almost instantaneously,
allowing the user to work through many iterations of a design.
Because the script does exactly what it is programmed to do
extremely fast, the technical data can be processed in the
background while the designer considers other creative aspects
of the design.
What role does this hybrid programmer-designer play in a
firm? If a programmer is going to make effective scripts for
design colleagues to utilize, he/she needs to understand the
design process. This means writing scripts that can be tweaked
by the designer, allowing creative input. Without this direct
connection, we risk outputting designs that have been cranked
out solely by a software. It is crucial the designer's hand and
mind play a major role in this process. Parametric scripts are
just tools, be they powerful ones.
JONATHAN WATTS, who recently competed his MLA, is a
technician at the University of Manitoba's FABLab. His research
focuses on advanced 3D modelling involving the development
of parametric computer scripts.
jonathan.daniel.watts@gmail.com
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Landscapes - Winter 2017

To Begin With
Une Dernière Salve
Collaborateurs
Writers
Upfront
Prologue
La Vague
Romance of the Stone
La Pierre Romancée
Numériser La Nature
Riding Technology’s Wild Interface
Flooding Fields
Conversation
Designing Invisible Landscapes
Stacking Up - the LA’s Toolkit: A Groundhog Plugin for Grasshopper
Grasshopper Gagne Un Plugiciel
Wood Works
Floating a New Idea for Water Stewardship
LACF
Bourses De La FACP
Critique
Parting Shot
Une Dernière Salve
Landscapes - Winter 2017 - INTRO
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Landscapes - Winter 2017 - cover2
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Landscapes - Winter 2017 - Une Dernière Salve
Landscapes - Winter 2017 - 9
Landscapes - Winter 2017 - Writers
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Landscapes - Winter 2017 - 14
Landscapes - Winter 2017 - Prologue
Landscapes - Winter 2017 - 16
Landscapes - Winter 2017 - 17
Landscapes - Winter 2017 - 18
Landscapes - Winter 2017 - 19
Landscapes - Winter 2017 - La Vague
Landscapes - Winter 2017 - 21
Landscapes - Winter 2017 - La Pierre Romancée
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Landscapes - Winter 2017 - 26
Landscapes - Winter 2017 - 27
Landscapes - Winter 2017 - Riding Technology’s Wild Interface
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Landscapes - Winter 2017 - 32
Landscapes - Winter 2017 - Flooding Fields
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Landscapes - Winter 2017 - 35
Landscapes - Winter 2017 - Conversation
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Landscapes - Winter 2017 - Designing Invisible Landscapes
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Landscapes - Winter 2017 - Grasshopper Gagne Un Plugiciel
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Landscapes - Winter 2017 - Wood Works
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Landscapes - Winter 2017 - Floating a New Idea for Water Stewardship
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Landscapes - Winter 2017 - 57
Landscapes - Winter 2017 - 58
Landscapes - Winter 2017 - Bourses De La FACP
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Landscapes - Winter 2017 - 61
Landscapes - Winter 2017 - Critique
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