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Oct 31, 2013


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Back in 2006, I was at a party at Joel Orr's house in Mountain View, and I spent quite a bit of time talking with Eli about some of the concepts that appear to be at the heart of his patent.

When it comes to "tall buildings" Eli knows whereof he speaks. From his bio at Huffington Post: "As head of his own New York firm, Eli Attia Architects, and earlier as Chief of Design for Philip Johnson, Eli designed several internationally-recognized buildings that have been critically acknowledged as instrumental in redefining the modern skyscraper."

They say it's not bragging if you've done it. Eli has done it.

In our conversation, I found the way that Eli decomposes a the process of creating building to be reminiscent of how really good software architects decompose their systems.

While his 2009 patent application probably looks, on the surface, like an "idea and not a method," you might need to read the 8 subsequent patent applications to start to get a sense of what he's really getting at.

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