A computational design exploration platform supporting the formulation of design concepts

Ding Yang, Yimin Sun, D. Di Stefano, Michela Turrin

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The comparison of various competing design concepts during conceptual architectural design is commonly needed for achieving a good final concept. For this, computational design exploration is a key approach. Unfortunately, most
of existing research tends to skip this crucial process, and purely focuses on the late-stage design optimization based on a single concept that, they assume, has been good enough or accepted already. This paper focuses on information or knowledge extracted from a multi-objective design exploration for the formulation of a good geometrical building design concept. To better support the exploration process, a new integration plug-in is developed to integrate parametric modelling software and process integration and optimization software. Through a case study that investigates the daylight and energy performances of a large indoor space, this paper 1) tackles the importance of design exploration on the formulation of a good design concept; 2) presents and shows the usability of the new integration plug-in for supporting the exploration process.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Symposium on Simulation for Architecture and Urban Design 2017
Subtitle of host publicationSimAUD 2017
EditorsMichela Turrin, Brady Peters, William O'Brien, Rudi Stouffs, Timur Dogan
Place of PublicationToronto
PublisherSimulation Councils
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-365-88878-6
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventSymposium on Simulation for Architecture and Urban Design: SimAUD 2017 - Toronto, Canada
Duration: 22 May 201724 May 2017


ConferenceSymposium on Simulation for Architecture and Urban Design


  • Multi-objective design exploration
  • Design concepts
  • Trade-off; Comparison
  • Top daylighting
  • Energy
  • Daylight


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