In this class, computational design methods and technologies are investigated that enable designers and engineers to generate, analyze and optimize built structures on various levels of detail and at different planning and design stages. Use cases and application fields include:
- Iterative and/or interactive form-finding for the building envelope in the early architectural design stages, e.g. through the creation of design variants,
- Analysis and optimization of individual building components and assemblies based on requirements and optimization goals from the areas of structural design or building physics, or other engineering domains that should be tightly integrated into the design process.
- Creation and simulation of reactive and adaptive building components such as dynamic facades etc.
The common underlying conceptual approach is the notion of parametric objects that are generated, modified and mutated mainly with respect to their geometry and spatial arrangement. To allow high flexibility combined with the precision required e.g. for automated fabrication processes, advanced, parametric geometries such as Non-Rational Uniform B-Splines (NURBS) are introduced.
Next to general assignments, there are assignments which are dedicated to architectural- or structural-design and construction technology. The final assignment has a topic “robotics”.