This research deals with the potential of DESIGN and ARCHITECTURE in soft computing technologies and advanced computational search algorithms thereby promoting an explorative and investigative attitude of complex architectural design environment. The computational information is integrated into diverse and conflicting design goals, through the systematic exploration of the design space, using modern optimization methods and search algorithms. The ultimate goal is to support and enhance the designer’s ability to take conscious and solid design decisions in that comprise diverse range of design criteria.
Innovation in architectural concepts is triggered by novelty in Engineering. Integrating the cutting-edge knowledge of engineering disciplines into the early architectural design process is crucial in order to achieve high-performing buildings, where new FORM generation is coupled with sound fulfilment of performance-criteria. Computation is put forward to realize this goal. The potentials of parametric design are exploited both for generating geometric design alternatives, assessable based on measurable criteria; and for embedding deterministic relation between performance and geometry. This research includes collaborations with the building practice.
Since advanced modelling tools are being used in daily practice of architects, demand on digital manufacturing methods and technologies are the interest of architects as well. There is a need to develop new methods. They deal with the interaction of creative FORM-finding and the production process by taking in consideration the materials and innovative technologies for digital manufacturing goals, in an iterative way.
Form-finding and modelling methods, techniques;
Bio-mimicry in form-finding and production;
This research deals with devising simultaneous interdisciplinary collaborative architectural design during the entire design process, by developing computational methods, tools and techniques to improve data, information and knowledge exchange among the involved partners toward faster, better and more transparent processes.
BIM (Building Information Modelling)
BEM (Building Environmental Modelling) (Building Energy Modelling)
DIM (Design Information Modelling)
BAM- Building Assembly Modeling
BOM-Building Optimization Modeling
At the Design Informatics chair, the research focuses on computational design tools, methods and techniques enable to INTEGRATE these aspects into the architectural design. It deals with complexity in architectural design using its soft aspects, such as perception and experience of space, form, culture, function, aesthetic, social, economic, safety, comfort and the hard aspects such as technical, structural, material, energy and cost-related, construction, sustainability, climate and energy which should be considered during the conceptual phase of the architectural design.
The research into Design Informatics forms a prominent part of the Computation & Performance research program of the Faculty of Architecture, developed in collaboration with the chairs of Structural Design, Structural Mechanics, Hyperbody and the BEMNext of the Faculty of Civil Engineering.
The Computation & Performance research program aims to improve the performance of buildings and the built environment through scientific inquiry into novel ways of evaluating and influencing building performance using computational methods for measurement, prediction and simulation of buildings’ performances, form finding, design generation and analysis, information modeling, decision-making and design communication. Performance in this context refers to technical performance as well as qualitative performance – physical and psychological.
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