Performative computational architecture using swarm and evolutionary optimisation: A review

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This study presents a systematic review and summary of performative computational architecture using swarm and evolutionary optimisation. The taxonomy for one hundred types of studies is presented herein that includes different sub-categories of performative computational architecture, such as sustainability, cost, functionality, and structure. Specifically, energy, daylight, solar radiation, environmental impact, thermal comfort, life-cycle cost, initial and global costs, energy use cost, space allocation, logistics, structural assessment, and holistic design approaches, are investigated by considering their corresponding performance aspects. The main findings, including optimisation and all the types of parameters, are presented by focussing on different aspects of buildings. In addition, usage of form-finding parameters of all reviewed studies and the distributions for each performance objectives are also presented. Moreover, usage of swarm and evolutionary optimisation algorithms in reviewed studies is summarised. Trends in publications, published years, problem scales, and building functions, are examined. Finally, future prospects are highlighted by focussing on different aspects of performative computational architecture in accordance to the evidence collected based on the review process.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)356-371
Number of pages16
JournalBuilding and Environment
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • Architectural design
  • Building design
  • Computational optimisation
  • Evolutionary algorithm
  • Performance-based design
  • Swarm intelligence

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