Rethinking Revit: Our Stockholm syndrome

Over recent weeks there has been a furore surrounding Autodesk and their flagship product, Revit. An open letter to Autodesk called into question Revit’s value given escalating licencing costs with stagnant product development. Some long-term customers have even begun considering abandoning Revit altogether and switching to rival software. So how has all of this come about and what’s to take away from the situation? This article offers an alternative view on the matter, suggesting a whole rethink of our relationship with Revit altogether. The Autodesk open letter For years, Architects have complained… Read More

Rediscovering Flux: Lessons for generative design software

One of the recent occurrences that have puzzled me is the number of visitors to parametricmonkey.com looking at Flux tutorials. I’ve even had requests to buy the software. So why is this puzzling? Well firstly, Flux closed down over two years ago. And secondly, I’ve been debating what to do with out-of-date tutorials; delete or keep for prosperity? This dilemma got me thinking a little deeper than my superficial WordPress issues. Despite Flux no longer being in existence, it was more relevant than ever. But to understand why let’s start at the… Read More

Identifying innovation opportunities

In our previous article, Understanding Innovation, we learnt about innovation and disruption theory and how to differentiate between sustaining technologies and disruptive technologies. This article, which forms part two of our digital transformation series, continues the narrative by discussing how organisations can identify innovation opportunities and make an informed decision without biases. With resources traditionally focused on project-based work, how and where Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) companies direct their efforts is critical. ”I suppose it is tempting, if the only tool you have is a hammer, to treat every problem as… Read More

Understanding innovation

‘Understanding innovation’ is the first in a five-part series on digital transformation. It draws heavily from research coming out of the Harvard Business Review, particularly the seminal work of Clayton Christensen. Christensen is a Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School and was dubbed by Forbes as ‘one of the most influential business theorists of the last 50 years’.1 It should be noted that innovation comes in many shapes and forms. This article, however, is specifically focused on digital technologies within the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry. ‘Innovation’, as used in… Read More

Creative Commons & software

Learn about the Creative Commons licence and why it’s advisable not to use it on open-source software.