The vast majority of our jobs are conducted on computers, whether it’s modelling, analysis, calculations, or even simple report writing. The one task that seems to be exempt from this is conceptual layout of buildings. We could use computer-based tools to achieve this task, but instead we rely almost entirely on human creativity and logic.
In the current climate there is rightly increasing pressure to improve our material efficiency and consider all materials for carbon efficient designs. Given that we currently lay buildings out in a manual time-consuming way, is there an opportunity to use our computers to help us increase our level of knowledge at an earlier stage?
I gave a talk at the 2020 Digital design and computation e-conference
on my efforts to implement a procedural method for geometric analysis of building floorplates. During the development of this methodology, I came across several unique challenges when creating tools and here I’ve shared some tips and tricks for approaching these.