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id 7992
authors von Buelow, Peter
year 2002
title USING EVOLUTIONARY ALGORITHMS TO AID DESIGNERS OF ARCHITECTURAL STRUCTURES
source Creative evolutionary systems, eds Bentley, Peter & Corne, David, Morgan Kaufmann, pp 315-336
summary This paper describes the application of an Intelligent Genetic Design Tool (IGDT) in the design of architectural, structural elements. As a computer design aid an IGDT is innovative in its intelligent interaction with the designer. By always submitting multiple solutions for review by the designer, it is less likely to cause design fixation than other optimization techniques, and allows the user greater range in exploring hard-to-code design criteria such as aesthetics. As an example, the design of a cantilever truss is briefly explored. Using the coded optimization criterion of weight, and the designer's non-coded criteria of visual aesthetics and performance, a series of possible designs are explored. The ability of an IGDT to intelligently respond to the designer's preferences in a way that promotes creative thinking on the part of the designer is demonstrated. A final truss design is selected based on the use of the tool. It is concluded that an IGDT offers a significantly different approach to computer aided structural design which has the potential to enhance the user's own creativity in determining a good solution.
keywords evolutionary form exploration genetic algorithm design
series book
type normal paper
email pvbuelow@umich.edu
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