Dr. Rory Hyde: “It would be a stretch to call BIM ‘intelligent’”

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The curator of contemporary architecture and urbanism at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London has pondered whether Building Information Modelling is as revolutionary as it has been made out.

Dr. Rory Hyde, who is also a senior research fellow of the University of Melbourne made some controversial about BIM in a piece published to ArchitectureAU.

Hyde’s passage looks at the state of architecture in the era of artificial intelligence. Despite understanding the benefits BIM can deliver on projects, Hyde is not so optimistic about the future. He writes: “Sure we have BIM, but what is it but an elaborate system for representation? Despite the efficiencies it offers in terms of accuracy, communication and fabrication, it would be a stretch to call BIM ‘intelligent’.

“Sure, some environmental analysis packages, parametric plugins or rendering engines are able to do things that would be unthinkable with paper and pen, but all the decisions are led by the designer. Does the ‘A’ in CAD really live up to its promise? Our architectural machines cannot think for themselves, let alone aid us, as the acronym suggests.

“All of this has me lamenting the state of computing in architecture.”

An interesting viewpoint from Hyde, which can be viewed in full here.

What do you make of Dr. Rory Hyde’s comments?

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