Software should be used not just to help realize designs you have in mind but to create new ideas.
That is what the new software does, going beyond the simple realization of a project, but giving the tools to realize something of your own.
That is what actual softwares do, they for example go beyond conventional computer- aided design (CAD).
Unlike earlier CAD programs,parametric design programs calculate changes to the entire structure necessitated by, for example, changing the slope of a wall.
Now, architects use these programs to learn instantly how changes in design will affect energy use or building costs.
Some let the software lead the design, making possible previously unbuildable forms.
And the results are complex curved forms such as those that architects designed for
the Beijing National Stadium.