This issue will focus on exploring the potential for BIM technologies in design. Ultimately, it is up to the architect to explore ways in which BIM could be utilized. With novel design and fabrication techniques becoming more essential in the design process, architects need better tools to help them navigate through complex data to acquire more control over their design. With design concepts often being diluted by the overwhelming influx of information, BIM could play a significant role in its revitalization.
Slowly but surely, a paradigm shift in design is taking place. By incorporating BIM into the design process, there is no doubt that architects will have more opportunities to discover new forms of expression.

Imaginary Roundtable: Looking Back From the Future of Design
Leading designers envision a future of BIM based design

Essay: Thinking in BIM
William Mitchell

Essay: What is BIM?
Chuck Eastman

BIM and Design

3D Geometric Space Form
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

Relationship between Design and Construction
Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

Algorithmic Design
Yazdani Studio of Cannon Design

Multi-Office Linking Design
RTKL Associates

Virtual 3D Assembly Space
Parametric Design
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

Essay: A Brief History of Digital Design and BIM at SOM
Carl Galioto


Precise within 1/32 inch

Assemble Like a Kit of Parts
Douglas Gauthier and Jeremy Edmiston

Panel Fabrication by CNC Milling
SHoP Architects

Virtual Construction

Readily Understandable Representation

Automotive and Architectural Design
Gage / Clemenceau Architects

KlingStubbins / Tocci Building Companies

Essay: New Ways to Design and Build
Carl Bass

Roundtable: The Benefits of BIM and 3D Tools
Philip Bernstein, Jay Bhatt, Marc Petit


BIM Analysis for Form and Facade

Seamless Integration
Architectus / Ingenhoven Architects

Awareness of the Climate

Diagrid Structure
Kunwon Architects Planning & Engineering

New Technology and BIM
SHoP Architects

Linkage between Detail and Facade
Kohn Pederson Fox Associates

Correlation between Design and Structure
Samoo Architects & Engineers

Honeycomb Grid

Construction in BIM

Film Technology in Architecture

Essay: Architecture 2030
Edward Mazria

Project Chicago: Green Building Research

Architects, 5 Years into the Future

BIMs Impact on Design Process
Stanford Institute of Design

Engaging the Tools
Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture

BIM as a Communication Tool
Tohoku University, Graduate School of Engineering

Parametric Design Experience
The University of Sydney, Faculty of Architecture

BIM in Japan 2009

Dialogue: BIMs Impact
Tomohiko Yamanashi Ryuji Fujimura

Full Scale Visual Reality
Taisei Corporation

Design with Real-time Analysis Reporting
Nikken Sekkei

Traditional Timber Joint with BIM
Tomohiko Yamanashi / Nikken Sekkei + Takeyuki Katsuya / NSD

BIM Word Index

Offices / Authors

Credit and Data