“The Means and the End”, in: Elke Krasny (Ed.): The Force is in the Mind. The Making of Architecture, Basel/Boston/Berlin: Birkhäuser 2008, pp. 140–143
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Excerpt pp. 140–141:
Tools and design
Tools exert a direct influence on ideas and help to determine them. However, it is possible to escape this influence and to shape it. The way in which architects employ digital technologies, the way they shape the interplay between sketch or model and communication in the team and the manner in which ideas are communicated to the client depend upon the results aimed at. Hence the conditions that tools impose upon the act of designing are more proposals rather than constraints, albeit proposals in a market with a limited choice. Architects choose the tools and methods that can deliver the required result but their choice is influenced in both social and material terms by their personal development and by their particular culture.
(Translation: James Roderick O’Donovan)