Design Space Exploration
2013/2014, Semester 1
School of Design and Environment (Architecture)
Modular Credits: 4
Students will gain an understanding of the characteristics of the design space and its structure and of one or more computational techniques such as parametric/associative modelling, rule-based generation and more general algorithmic design generation that allow defining and investigating a family or language of designs.
Fundamental notions of design space exploration and related topics will be transferred through lectures. Skills will be developed through tutorials and assignments. The integration of theory, skills and architectural application will take the form of a (small) project.
Computational design has grown in importance and is fundamentally changing the nature of the design process in architectural practice. This module focuses on the ability to explore alternative design solutions as a means to inform the design and decision-making process. Without computational means, it is generally infeasible to consider more than a few design alternatives, even if the design solution space is uncountably large. Design space exploration is the idea that computers can be used to help designers by representing many designs, organizing them in a network structure that forms the space, and by assisting designers to explore this space: that is, to make new designs and to move among previously discovered designs in the network. Using techniques such as parametric/associative modelling, rule-based generation and more general algorithmic design generation allows defining and investigating a family or language of designs. Besides investigating one or more such techniques, we will also investigate the main characteristics of the design space and its structure.
The lecture topics will cover some of the following aspects related to design space exploration:
computational structures and techniques to support design space exploration
grammatical expressions of languages of designs
algorithmic design and scripting
(v) Others (eg. fieldwork, projects)
Total for CA
Total for Final Examinations