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_id acadia17_436
id acadia17_436
authors Nagy, Danil; Villaggi, Lorenzo; Zhao, Dale; Benjamin, David
year 2017
title Beyond Heuristics: A Novel Design Space Model for Generative Space Planning in Architecture
source ACADIA 2017: DISCIPLINES & DISRUPTION [Proceedings of the 37th Annual Conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA) ISBN 978-0-692-96506-1] Cambridge, MA 2-4 November, 2017), pp. 436- 445
summary This paper proposes a novel design space model that can be used in applications of generative space planning in architecture. The model is based on a novel data structure that allows fast subdivision and merge operations on planar regions in a floor plan. It is controlled by a relatively small set of input parameters and evaluated for performance using a set of congestion metrics, which allows it to be optimized by a metaheuristic such as a genetic algorithm (GA). The paper also presents a set of guidelines and methods for analyzing and visualizing the quality of the model through low-resolution sampling of the design space. The model and analysis methods are demonstrated through an application in the design of an exhibit hall layout. The paper concludes by speculating on the potential of such models to disrupt the architectural profession by allowing designers to break free of common "heuristics" or rules of thumb and explore a wider range of design options than would be possible using traditional methods.
keywords design methods; information processing; simulation & optimization; generative system; data visualization
series ACADIA
last changed 2017/10/17 09:13

_id ijac20064201
id ijac20064201
authors Vollen, Jason; Clifford, Dale
year 2006
title The Peculiar Nodal Generator: a speculation
source International Journal of Architectural Computing vol. 4 - no. 2, 1-15
summary Economically abandoned cities as well as urban cores depopulated because of catastrophic events have spawned urban renewal projects of all varieties. Often these projects promote civic programs such as arenas, theaters, museums, and aquariums as replacements for what was once an interactive public realm. Unfortunately the realization of these large programs promotes a disconnected series of sequestered activities rather than the prospect of a lively and potentially frenetic urban center governed by chance interactions. As an intervening strategy, this paper considers the possibility of implementing Nodal Generators, responsive systems that sense and adapt to environmental fluctuations to create localized microclimates capable of providing unscripted public space in the discarded and interstitial regions of the modern city. Inspired biotically and explored digitally, the Nodal Generators provide a linkage between community and technology using smart materials and adaptive assemblies. This paper details several speculations on the nature and form of these nodes and proposes their implementation into urban arid situations.We can postulate that while the nodal generators speculated upon in this paper might at first draw attention to themselves through spectacle, they will ultimately create a shared community experience through eventual inhabitation of that public space.
series journal
last changed 2007/03/04 06:08

_id acadia07_048
id acadia07_048
authors Vollen, Jason; Clifford, Dale; Winn, Kelly; Gindlesparger, Matt
year 2007
title Digital Fabric: Generating Ceramic Catenary Networks
source Expanding Bodies: Art • Cities• Environment [Proceedings of the 27th Annual Conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture / ISBN 978-0-9780978-6-8] Halifax (Nova Scotia) 1-7 October 2007, 48-55
summary Digital modeling in the design environment has prompted intuitive shaping of architectural form. The pliability of the imagination allows limitless possibilities of shape without a constrained methodology. This paper chronicles a design exploring catenary form-finding using parametric constraints in a dynamic modeling environment. Catenary structural networks are treated as digital cloth objects. Applying parametric edge and point constraints simulates various behavior patterns under gravity load. The integration of real-time Finite Element Method [FEM] and dynamic cloth simulation presents an intuitive method for the design and analysis of catenary structures. Constraints resist the limitless pliability of shape and hone the intuition using force to find form realized as a ceramic catenary network.
series ACADIA
last changed 2007/10/02 06:14

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