Climatic ECOlogies

MSc3 Design Studio Group projects,

Complex Systems Modeling and Programming with Python


Coordinators, Research, and Tutors: Sina Mostafavi*, Soungmin Yu**
Critiques and Reviews: Kas Oosterhuis*, Nimish Biloria*

*Delft university, of Technology, AE+T, Hyperbody ** UNStudio


Students:Ana Anton, Dapeng Sun, Ezgi Yüksel, Feng Liu, Georgia Syriopoulou, Guangkai Liang, Jingyi Li, Jiun Yu, Ken Chen, Martin Fiala, Marvin Valk, Mohammed Al-Khalili, Pola Czynczyk, Romain Thijsen, Rutger van Doren, Serban Bodea, Thomas Moeken, Vasiliki Koliaki, Vivien Wu, Xi Guo


Design Brief: The workshop to be held at the beginning of the semester focuses on generative systems and algorithmic approach to design problems together with multi-objective optimization techniques as form-finding methods. This design assignment is to be carried out during the workshop for students to explore the design methods in a given scenario. Groups of four will explore the design of a pavilion in a given site near the TUDelft Architecture faculty. The geometric logic of both the global and local scales should address the aspects of Environmental, structural, spatial, functional and the fabrication of the pavilion. While the form-finding processes take place, environmental aspects should be considered as one of the evaluation criteria. The design system of the pavilion should incorporate a system specific assembly logic which will result in physical models. The different aspects and the elements that make up the design of the pavilion and the evaluation criteria of the form should be interrelated systems where the variation of them would lead to morphological changes in the results.
With this presumption that in architectural design processes we can consider sub-systems that could describe the building performance in its context, here we will try to define these subsystems and methodically study the correlations between them. For each of these sub-systems, we can implement generative and evaluative design systems in which measurable objectives can be analyzed and optimized. With this goal, students are asked to design a pavilion that should be approximately 400m2 minimum in footprint and provide different spatial conditions where one of which is an enclosed space protected from the outdoor conditions. The design should consider programmatic usage such as a café or other creative functions suitable for the site. The pavilion should have 5-8 anchor points which are the main structural supports on the ground or on the walls of the existing buildings. The design should be site sensitive and provide different qualities to respond to the environment of the site to control the amount of light, consider the effects wind, solar radiation, orientation etc for the enclosure. Students are encouraged to consider of contrasting conditions such as light/dark spaces, day/night, etc. Students should consider different generative systems for different aspects of the design of the pavilion. The integration and the hierarchy of the subsystems should form the system logic of the overall design. The students’ ability to set up the logic of the system, use of a combination of algorithms and exploration of the relational approach to the design process should be evident in the final submission at the end of the workshop.

More info on Climatic Ecologies

workshop Tutorials link: Generative Systems