New Podcast: Professor George Stiny on the “Copy” in Copyright

The latest in the series of podcasts on scholarly publication and copyright is an interview with George Stiny, Professor of Computation in the Department of Architecture at MIT.


Professor Stiny explains the significance of copying in the design process from his unusual perspective – a perspective that blends art and design with calculating. Professor Stiny invented shape grammars – the idea of identifying and quantifying a set of rules that can generate an infinite range of designs, much the way rules of grammar in language can generate an infinite range of sentences. His work uses mathematics to capture the creative, generative language of shapes and design.

Download the audio file. (14:42 minutes; 13.5 MB)

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