Digital Detailing: Simulation + Analysis

Building Science + Technology

Fall 2012

Toru Hasegawa + Mark Collins, instructors

The course incubated a series of architectural research proposals on the topic of performance design. We defined performance as, “optimally working within a defined metric”–be it structural, energy, lighting, brain waves or numerous other analytics. As sustainability becomes a clear direction for the profession, the articulation of an active environment becomes crucial for designers. The course covered several performance modeling tools that examined the relationships between object and environment, shape and energy, occupation and perception. Each research focused on a specific methodology and goal through these topics. The context of this research was relatively open-ended, ended with speculation on how it could be taken forward, its relevance to the building profession and possible application to future projects/research.

Michelle O’Carroll A/B
Rui Wang C
Yan Zhang D