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The potential of evolutionary methods in architectural design

Jabi, Wassim, Grochal, Barbara and Richardson, Adam 2013. The potential of evolutionary methods in architectural design. Presented at: 31st eCAADe Conference, Delft, Netherlands, 18-20 September 2013. eCAADe 2013 : Computation and Performance : Proceedings of the 31st International Conference on Education and Research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe. pp. 217-266.

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Abstract

In this paper we examine the potential of combining 2D shape packing algorithms and evolutionary methods in the design process. We investigate the ways such algorithms can be used in architectural design and how they may influence it. In the first part of this paper we introduce the theoretical framework of packing algorithms and genetic algorithms as well as the traditional design process and the nature of design problems. In the second part of the paper we introduce a software prototype that tests these algorithms in two contexts: the preliminary design of a shading façade pattern and the design of commercial housing layouts. The aim for both experiments was to generate optimal configurations based on user-defined criteria without resorting to exhaustive search. Several lessons were learned that point to the potential of evolutionary methods in architecture as well as the limitations of such methods. We conclude the paper with recommendations for further developing this research project.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Architecture
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
ISBN: 9789491207044
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Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 05:11
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/49324

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