on Nov 7, 2010
One of the quickest ways to irritate an artist is to suggest that her work could be duplicated by a computer. And the fastest way to piss her off is to actually attempt it.
So when I did Pixel City I always wondered what a real architect would think of it. I would have to say that this is about the best response anyone could hope for.
Do read the post. I wasn’t even aware that people were trying to procedurally design real-world spaces. I’m not sure what the utility is in that. I can’t imagine that people need lots of generic stuff designed in bulk, which is what automation is good for. If I was populating the world of FUEL, I’d use procedural generation. But if I was just setting up my own driveway and garden, I’d want to take the time and put things exactly where I want them.
Shamus Young is an old-school OpenGL programmer, author, and composer. He runs this site and if anything is broken you should probably blame him.