algorithmic modeling for Rhino
The book you mention seems to imply the US is falling behind in economic growth.
There seems to be a lot more interest in BIM solutions on the US (firms trying to switch from Autocad to software like Revit) than in Europe. The decision to switch to BIM is made on a cost-benefit basis. On the other hand, software like Grasshopper, while I genuinely think it's useful for many practical tasks, one of its main uses is still as a design toy for teachers and students that most of the time don't seem to translate to profitable designs.
You are not going to get out of a recession by designing fachades with voronoi tesselations.
"You are not going to get out of a recession by designing facades with voronoi tesselations."
That's not the proper way to quote, you should've written: "... fachades [sic] ..."
Not necesarily. The atendees might be students, teachers or firms trying to produce a sophisticated design to enter in a competition for a public building.
If the end client is a public institution, there are no market forces at play and no way to tell if it's actually profitable.
Grasshopper is mostly in the "design" sector so no one (read: architecture firms) will showcase their mastery of it as it's only a tool, not an end product.
BIM is more downstream (read: coordination) and cross-sector (read: contractors) so people can the benefits are easier to see.
If the benifits of BIM are easier to see, you'd expect to see more people interested in it here in Europe, but instead they attend "Parametric Architecture" seminars. Nothing wrong with it, but if you are aiming for economic growth, the US seems to be more interested in what actually matters.
Again, I see Grasshopper as an actual productive tool, I'm just arguing most of the hype is getting in Europe is for the wrong reasons.
Cool. Are any of your clients in the private sector?