Why on earth are architects writing computer programs?

Having worked for some of the most celebrated architects in the world on some of the most exciting [and expensive] projects, we got used to having the budgets to do almost anything! Since starting our own design practice, we clearly operate under different conditions yet our desire to create amazing architecture has not changed. Only now we work smarter across the areas of design, fabrication and construction to attain the same outcomes!

supermanoeuvre's fascination with the development of custom design tools and software therefore stems from a deep desire to include an increasingly diverse set of influences and concerns within the early stages of design. Our interest is more than simply improving workflows but is about expanding the architect's skill set ensuring greater logistical control, precision and assurance when the complexity of a project increases.

Over the years, the practice has written bespoke applications for: structural optimisation; rationalisation of complex geometries; the automation of numerous design tasks such as the description, drawing and scheduling of large numbers of non-standard parts. In more recent times however, our curiosity has led us to more speculative scenarios such as distributed and artificial intelligence, computer vision and sensing for a variety of applications spanning the design of cities and transport networks to the realisation of real-time adaptive robotic fabrication.

As a practice, we maintain that it is only through our deep adoption of computing and the continual development of new design softwares and interfaces with industrial robots that we are able to realise the previously unthinkable, unaffordable and unbuildable architectures.