Equipment | software
Plugins – Ladybug, kangaroo, etc.
We started to explore the possibilities of Rhino software and Grasshopper in order to create more optimized solutions – perform calculations of shadows, shapes for a particular place. The Evolutionary Computing term is widely known, more related to the programmers tool. The applications out there that apply evolutionary logic are either aimed at solving specific problems, or they are generic libraries that allow other programmers to piggyback along.
The final goal was to optimize the Self-sufficient block design model.
The various exercises were during the training period:
A large portion of a building’s performance has to do with how it behaves in relation to its environment, and one of the most important aspects of this environment is the sun. Thus, the way in which a building interacts with the sun, and what this interaction means for how the building performs and the way in which the building is experienced is often of primary concern for the architect, particularly in the early stages of massing and conceptual design.
Thus, There are shadow study, which evaluates the extent to which a new building casts shadow on its surrounding area
insolation analysis, which evaluates the degree to which a building’s surfaces (for example its facade) absorb the incoming thermal energy of the sun
Both of these analyses are very useful in the schematic design process because they can have a big influence on the way the building’s form develops. Likewise, we can use these same metrics within the generative design process to automatically ‘evolve’ building forms that perform better in relation to the sun. Luckily, both of these analyses can also be quite easily done in Grasshopper. Let’s see how we can compute these measures by using a simple example of a building with a variable form and an adjacent park.
Galapagos will provide a generic platform for the application of Evolutionary Algorithms to be used on a wide variety of problems by non-programmers.
Galapagos is available in the current Grasshopper build. For more information on the concept behind Galapagos, please go the Evolutionary Principles applied to Problem Solving article.
Responsive Environmental Facade with Ladybug and SkinDesigner:
Final model optimization (attempts):
Final model optimization (steps of form making):
Personal Rhino modeling:
But the first steps in Rhino were `funny`: