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The (Non) Relation between Efficiency and Choice of Computer tools in Design Modeling: An Automated Protocol Analysis

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  • Computer Tools
  • Efficiency
  • Design Modeling
  • Methods-Of-Making
  • Preference
  • Design


There exists a fundamental belief among mainstream CAAD software developers that a designer?s thought process is mainly driven towards achieving optimum efficiency. This paper argues that designers are not as much concerned with efficiency as much as protecting their personal preference for a certain method of object construction. Identifying and providing support to these methods - referred to here as ?methods-ofmaking,? is hence considered vital to how design efficiency is defined and how future CAAD tools are created. This hypothesis is empirically supported through a study conducted among 30 design students at the School of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Wisconsin?Milwaukee.

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