GDC by Field of Interest

The purpose of this post is to bring attention to a new “by field” link situated on this site’s navigation bar. What it leads to is a pathway by which architects and builders, or engineers and makers can get to the specific parts of the code that is most relevant to their particular interests.

Up till now, about the only way for one to get to those areas was to start at the beginning and slog one’s way through the code’s subject matter until arrival. In this age of instant gratification, such a prospect can be off-putting because code development entails a lot of abstract reasoning, and because there is a good chance some of that reasoning will first be applied to a construct or artifact far afield of what is sought to be given shape to.

The reason I put off the code-by-field approach is that in steering a designer directly to the relevant application, important context will then be missing. But I have come to think that that does not pose so much of a problem as one can always get that logical underpinning by simply going to the beginning. Hopefully, going directly to the application and its example first will spark enough interest to do so.

My next biggest concern about going straight to the relevant application is that the examples of such are necessarily the most simplified possible, and coming upon one a designer may conclude thats all there is to it. About all I can do in that case is to cross my fingers and assert once again that that is not the case as I did in the snowflake post, and by repeating that the built world’s seeming endless variety of 3D rectilinearity are but variations of the most simple cube.

The architectural functions listed in this new approach of accessing the code are residential; commercial; civic; institutional; industrial; agricultural; religious; and landscape. Engineering fields are civil; mechanical; aerospace; naval architecture; electrical; agricultural; and solar. Professions dealing with earth’s surface are urban planning; farm planting; and landscaping. Of course some overlap and a bit of redundancy is inevitable.

Finally, another page offers specific links to those who might, with no thought to application, be interested in the code’s abstract reasoning and its relevance to nature in the realms of math (geometry) and physics, respectively.

No specific links are provided for philosophers or artists because these can hypothetically start anywhere and appreciate the code’s simple underlying essence, its interplay of absolute and relative concepts, or how it poses a 3 (or 4) dimensional picture frame for the natural and manmade worlds – or not.

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