[SIGCIS-Members] History of computing in architecture -- references?

Fenwick Mckelvey fenwick.mckelvey at concordia.ca
Sun May 3 12:25:07 PDT 2020

Might I suggest Architectural Intelligence by Molly Wright Steenson: https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/architectural-intelligence

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Dear Telly,

I would suggest your student looks into the work of my CMU colleague Daniel Cardoso, a computer historian and professor of architecture. His 2015 book Builders of the Vision is an insightful history of computer-aided design. His website, with links to several relevant articles, is here: http://dcardo.com/
I have a peripheral connection with his work in reconstructing early CAD software, and last year he exhibited a reconstruction of the 1972 CISP system (by Christos Yessios) as part of an exhibit I curated on campus here in Pittsburgh.

Daniel is quite approachable, and would probably be amenable to your student reaching out to him.


On Sun, May 3, 2020 at 12:16 PM Aristotle Tympas <tympas at phs.uoa.gr<mailto:tympas at phs.uoa.gr>> wrote:

Dear colleagues,

I hope all is well during this difficult period.

A graduate student who works on a thesis on the history of the introduction and use of electronic computing in architecture (focusing on hardware-software for architectural drawing/design), has asked me to help her with secondary literature on the topic. Suggestions would be very welcomed.

Thank you,


Aristotle Tympas
Professor, Department of History and Philosophy of Science
Director, Division of History of Science and Technology, Department of History and Philosophy of Science
Director, Graduate Program ‘Science, Technology, Society—Science and Technology Studies’
National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

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