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I was listening to some talk by Grant Sanderson on Ellipses. He makes wonderful videos on mathematics and geometry. You should try his YouTube channel “3Blue1Brown” There is a lot of rich material there.

That brought back old memories — when I was an associate at Architect Hafeez Contractor. There was this curious case of ellipses in one of the projects I had taken over after someone had left his office. I used to trundle up to Bharath Petroleum Staff colony at Chembur to supervise the project which had just started erupting from the ground. …

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Warning: Metaphors galore!

I sometimes used to feel like the boy who cried wolf. I kind of sense a pattern that to me is quite apparent; but for some reason it does not register much among the rest of the architects community.

For some reason, since the seventies; architecture has been rocked by explosions. No. That one is not a metaphor.

The first explosion was a voluntary one carried out by the administrators of a very large housing complex at Pruitt-Igoe, at St. Louis; USA. The reason? They wanted to recover the space it was built on. …

We architects need to really re-think how we should go about modeling the built-environment. We risk leading to chaotic models — they may be seductive and attractive alright but may be wrong for the world #architecture #AIM #BIM #design

Read further at LinkedIn (most of the articles on TAD are summarized here but the full article is on LinkedIn)

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Architecture is the context inside which life synthesizes.

Synthesis and Analysis are two kinds of thinking we do when solving a problem. We analyse to sift apart the constituents of a problem. When we synthesize; we put the solution together.

Life is always in a bubbling state of synthesis: At each and every instance, things are put together for us to make some sense of and react to.

Good problem solving requires one to iterate repeatedly between synthesis and analysis — till a solution appears; ideally one that uplifts life. Something like kneading dough; till it achieves the right consistency for making the bread

When any solution is put into place for humans (and also other life forms) to use; it needs a context.

That context is called architecture.

(Read the entire article at my LinkedIn set)

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This article explores the wider ramifications of the understandings and misunderstandings of crypto-currency. (This article assumes that the reader knows what is a blockchain. If not, see this video)

Though I am not really an expert in this area; last few weeks was intense. I have been following the developments over last few years — then dropped off — only to pick the thread over the last few months and accelerated recently.

I have fair amount of expertise in the area of BIM and use of information in architecture. …

Here is an article that I wrote which highlights the fact that current conventional BIM software does NOT really handle the actual design of architecture — even if it in some specific cases it does handle the construction of some architectural projects

It is high time we architects started getting deep in to computation in architecture instead of relying only on what mechanical engineers and computer scientists tell us


The story of BIM (Building Information Modeling) was always there. Since humans moved into caves. One needs to take an informative decision to move one’s family into a cave.

One tiny bit of this topic in architecture is getting theorized since late 90s and 2000 onward. In fact, there are many theories in there; some even earlier — but the ones coming out of commercial organizations from late 90’s and early part of this century seems to be ruling roost.

The current way of looking at BIM is polluted by conflicting socio-politico-economic decisions that is heavily biased towards current construction practices of a specific kind — one seen in advanced countries. …

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A work of #architecture can only arise of a #design process. The process needs to be expressed in a neutral, clear language — one that is not prone to intepretation errors. Conventional #BIM comes in only at final stages of design. #TAD allows architects to express the model as it gets designed from very early stages. This article explains why putting the design into an expressed language, is possibly one common starting point for all #architects. Get your free copy

The article is here:

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This article has been written in my LinkedIn blog.


Even if the term BIM is new, fair amount of theoreticians have been asking the central question: Shouldn’t we have a 3D model that captures the entirety of a building — and not just the visual data but also the embedded information?

In a small town in India (Navi Mumbai), I was extending this question: Instead of just having a static model — shouldn’t we be having a set of neutral, abstract alphabets to capture a dynamic model, which not only captures the final design but also need to capture the entire process of designing?

Such complex questions, as given above, gave birth to my offering to the design world; TAD (The Architect’s Desktop). You can get your free copy from

The design process in architecture is not the same as seen in many of the other forms of creation.

Rather, it ought not to be like them

Many architects do tend to make architecture quite similarly to what happens, say, in fleshing out a sculpture or making a pot or creating some other work of art.

The architect proceeds from the initial, hazy, early stages of design and moves towards the final one — the architect is surely focused on the task at hand till a clear design is yielded at the end

I posit that it is imperative that while designing architecture, one ought to yield multiple alternatives for the same project. I am sure architects may not object to such an intention. After all, if we have many different alternatives to choose from, why would anyone object? …


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TAD Master is currently Sabu Francis #architect #India — developer of a unique early stage #BIM (Building Information Modeler) See

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