Complexity

Posted in Design

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Simplicity is good , complexity is bad!

Over simplifying it more than just a little but somewhat true all the same. The picture at the head of this post is a marble run which my son received from Santa. over 500 parts! boasted the box, as if the number of parts was a measure if quality.

And they weren’t joking. On opening the box, bags and bags of different shaped bits spilled forth. Of course, the recipient if the gift was nowhere to be seen so it was left to the ‘Architect’ to oversee the construction.

In our professional field, we strive to keep things as simple as possible. All building projects are unique prototypes, relying on the imagination of the architect, the descriptive skill of the draughtsman and the empirical knowledge of the builder. At any of these stages the building can creep away from the intended result; providing a simple drawing of a complex detail can result in confusion. An overly complex drawing of a simple connection can have a similar result. In short the interpretation of drawings is paramount to controlling the result.

However, drawings are only the vehicle by which the building is described, imagination, design skill and knowledge are at the heart of a good building. Get the design stage wrong and the building will be a failure regardless of how good the information is. Simplification of construction, minimisation of complexity and early knowledge of how the building will be put together are what we strive for.

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