With almost 70% of global population projected to live in cities by 2050, as well as the major role cities play as both energy consumers and carbon emitters, it is no surprise that the urban scale, from the block to the entire city, is receiving increasing attention in the discussion of the responsive design of future built environments.
Beyond Energy performance, regenerative principles are expanding the boundaries of urban environmental design towards new qualitative considerations such as visual comfort, outdoor thermal comfort and contact with nature.
CAN WE ACHIEVE URBAN DENSITY AND PERFORMANCE ?
THE CHALLENGES WE ADDRESS
1. Environmental performance prediction in early urban design phases is a complex multi-dimensional task:
Different scales and levels of detail
Combination of both building and urban parameters
2. Current evaluation methods usually focus on only one or two indicators (mostly energy associated) and evaluate them separately, overlooking qualitative considerations (e.g. daylight, outdoor thermal comfort) and the trade-offs between them which is key for a responsive optimization.
3. High level of complexity and lack of automation result in limited ability to evaluate and compare large sets of design scenarios.
WHAT WE OFFER
1. An automated and expandable workflow allowing to explore multiple performance indicators simultaneously ... and account for the interrelations between them.
PV Energy supply
2. We evaluate various combination of building and urban design parameters which generate multiple design scenarios, for which the results are streamed and visualized for easy optimization -
3. GENERATIVE DESIGN | At larger scales and heterogeneous configurations we use optimization algorithms combined with simplified calculation methods we develop to highlight the best design solutions -
HOW WE DO IT ?
1. With new environmental criteria keep being introduced - one simulation engine is not enough! That's why we couple powerful tools together in a parametric workflow which can be expanded and adapted according to a specific design task, climatic context or environmental challenge.
2. Considerable research experience (few years) on environmental urban analysis guides us in choosing and using reliable tools, cutting edge computational methods and interfaces for environmental urban design and analysis.
3. We are still Architects! and coming from years in practice, we pursue architectural designs which are enhancing environmental principals, rather than limited by environmental constrains.
4. But we do not stop at nice environmental analysis color images...
Our scientific orientations helps us question the results, search for reliable answers and reach the desirable balance between research and design considerations.
What's under the hood -
Presenting at SimAUD 2020
Check out our presentation (click the image above) for the paper - Multi-Objective Optimization for Zero-Energy Urban Design in China: A Benchmark.
With Dr. Thomas Wortmann
'Beyond nearly zero energy urban design: A holistic microclimatic energy and environmental quality evaluation workflow' in Sustainable Cities and Society.
Workshop in Copenhagen
As part of the 'Architecture and Extreme Environments' master's programme at the Royal Danish Academy of Arts and Design (KADK). The workshop during March 2020 focused on Digital workflows for Sustainable Environmental Design in Hot Climates.