Early-stage integration of architectural and structural performance in a parametric multi-objective design tool

N. Brown, J. Ochsendorf, C. Mueller, J. de Oliveira

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Abstract

In conceptual building design, an architect must simultaneously consider a variety of design objectives, including structural efficiency, total energy usage, and aesthetic expression. Multi-objective optimization (MOO) has been demonstrated to adequately account for designers’ needs and guide them towards high performing solutions early in the design process. However, conceptual building designers seldom use MOO in practice, and although the use of parametric design tools is widespread, these tools rarely give rapid, multidimensional performance feedback to guide design exploration. In response, this paper describes relevant MOO methods and discusses how architects and engineers can use them to generate diverse, high-performing designs. It also introduces a number of computational tools that support MOO implementation and are embedded in traditional parametric modeling software. Finally, this paper presents a design case study of a cantilevered stadium roof to show how designers can effectively set up and navigate an architectural design space.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationStructures and Architecture - Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Structures and Architecture, ICSA 2016
EditorsPaulo J.S. Cruz
PublisherCRC Press/Balkema
Pages1103-1111
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9781138026513
DOIs
StatePublished - 2016
Event3rd International Conference on Structures and Architecture, ICSA 2016 - Guimaraes, Portugal
Duration: Jul 27 2016Jul 29 2016

Publication series

NameStructures and Architecture - Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Structures and Architecture, ICSA 2016

Conference

Conference3rd International Conference on Structures and Architecture, ICSA 2016
CountryPortugal
CityGuimaraes
Period7/27/167/29/16

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Architecture

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    Brown, N., Ochsendorf, J., Mueller, C., & de Oliveira, J. (2016). Early-stage integration of architectural and structural performance in a parametric multi-objective design tool. In P. J. S. Cruz (Ed.), Structures and Architecture - Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Structures and Architecture, ICSA 2016 (pp. 1103-1111). (Structures and Architecture - Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Structures and Architecture, ICSA 2016). CRC Press/Balkema. https://doi.org/10.1201/b20891-152