PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENT STRATEGIES
A computational framework for conceptual design of large roofs.
dr. Michela Turrin
PhD started in: 2006
Latest graduate degree 2003
Promoter(s): Prof. Dr. ir. S. Sariyildiz
Daily Supervisor(s): Dr. R. Stouffs
Main Question: How can designers be facilitated in integrating engineering aspects during architectural design conception by means of computational tools, methods and techniques? How can this be achieved in the specific domain of large roofs?
Deliverables: PAS (Performance Assessment Strategies) is a framework including guidelines and recommendations in combination with an extensible library of procedures and scripts for parametric modelling.
Keywords: Performance oriented design, Parametric design, Performance simulations, Large roofs.
Area of Research: Computation & Performance
Chair of Design Informatics, Dept. of Architectural Engineering + Technology, Faculty of Architecture
The design decisions taken during the conceptual phase have great impact on the performances of the final design. Explicitly understanding the relations between form and performance during the conceptual phase is essential to reduce the investment in poor performing solutions. However, in traditional architectural processes only narrow groups of design alternatives are considered. Moreover, only shallow explorations across alternative concepts occur, mostly based on imprecise design information subject to interpretation of the designer alone. This research aimed at developing a design approach for integrating engineering aspects into the conceptual phase of architectural design, by empowering the potentials of computer aided conceptual design. Large roofs have been the specific application field, with focus on integration between climate and structural performances. A parametric design approach for integrating engineering aspects into the conceptual phase of design has been developed (PAS: Performance Assessment Strategies). It consists of a framework including guidelines and recommendations in combination with an extensible library of procedures and scripts for parametric modelling.
This research belongs to the field of design research, which is concerned with the development, articulation and communication of the so-called design knowledge. In order to benefit from previous knowledge and theories, literature review has been used. This regarded Computer Aided Conceptual Design methods; Adaptive Architecture; and Large Roofs. In order to ground the research into practice-oriented processes, methodologies related to action research have been used. These addressed systematic investigations through practical action performed to devise and test procedures; and to produce communicable knowledge. Action research methodology has been used in conjunction with case studies: one from practice, one theoretically set for research propose, and four from teaching.
Turrin, M., von Buelow, P., Stouffs, R., (2011), Design explorations of performance driven geometry in architectural design using parametric modelling and genetic algorithms. In: Advanced Engineering Informatics, 24(5), Elsevier, pp 656–675.
Turrin, M., von Buelow, P., Kilian, A., Stouffs, R., (2012), Performative skins for passive climatic comfort. A parametric design process. In: Automation in Construction, Vol.22, Elsevier, pp. 36-50.
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