Top 3 Computational BIM Workflows for Architects

This blog post showcases the various Computational BIM workflows that are in use by professionals today. This post adopts a tool-agnostic approach in dissecting the advantages and limitations to each of these workflows. The top 3 workflows have been picked for the benefit of the uninitiated.

Why do Architects need Computational BIM Workflows?

Instead of using the best tool for the job, a large section of designers choose to use one BIM software that they are most familiar with for both design exploration and interrogation, possibly losing out on creative freedom. Here's what they should do instead.

Top 5 Free Tools For Map Visualization

Free, Web-based and No Coding Skills

Map visualization allows you to take complex data that most people cannot comprehend and transforms that into enjoyable stories. We have compiled a list of top 5 map visualization tools that are free, web-based and requires no coding knowledge.

The 7 Best Data Visualization Tools For Architects and Urban Designers

Free, Web-based and No Coding Skills

We have made everything easy for you and prepared a list of 7 free data visualization tools for architects and urban designers that requires zero coding knowledge. And it's completely free to use.

Computational Design Thinking Workshop (Concluded)

21-22 March 2016, Rajalakshmi School of Architecture, Chennai

This is a 2 day intensive workshop geared towards architects and designers who wish to augment their design workflow with advanced techniques leveraging parametric modelling and design simulation tools.

Livable Habitat and Sustainable Urban Agenda

Symposium organised by IIT, Kharaghpur & MoHUPA

Ar.Vignesh made a presentation on 'Computational Approach to Housing through Design for Manufacturing & Assembly (DfMA)'. The talk focused on how we can bring about affordable innovation in the housing industry through adopting technological advances in the construction sector.

Design Optioneering

A Knowledge Sharing Session with Architecture Students

Vignesh was invited to a knowledge sharing session with students of Anna University and Hindustan University, Chennai in August 2014. The focus of the session was to discuss how we could adopt Design Optioneering in mainstream architecture practice in India.

Computational Design Thinking

A Knowledge Sharing Session with Architecture Students

Vignesh Kaushik delivered a series of lectures on 'Computational Design Thinking' in some of the leading Architecture schools in Chennai in July 2013. These talks focused on how capacities of computational design are fully unfolded by effectively exercising computational thinking in design practice.

An Evolutionary Design Process

Conference Paper at CAADRIA 2013

Vignesh Kaushik presented a paper on 'An Evolutionary Design Process: Adaptive-iterative explorations in computational embryogenesis' at The 18th International CAADRIA conference held in May 2013 at the National University of Singapore.

Parametric Architecture Seminar

Explorations in Computational Design Methodologies

The Parametric Architecture Seminar explored the use of parametric methodologies within architectural and engineering design processes. I had delivered a 20-min talk on using computational design for generating a spatially complex urban farm network in Singapore.

Chapter 5 – Adaptive-iterative Design Exploration

An Urban Farming Paradigm Resilient to Energy Descent

This chapter focuses on the process of creating embryogenies for a complex design problem through a sequential process of adaptive-iterative exploration. By employing an adaptive-iterative process, the embryogeny can be made progressively more complex and less abstract, thereby allowing the exploration to be better guided by the designer.

Chapter 4 – Evolutionary Design Process

An Urban Farming Paradigm Resilient to Energy Descent

Evolutionary design is an approach that evolves populations of design variants through the iterative application of a set of computational procedures. Since most designers have limited programming skills, we need to be able to define the key computational procedures without having to write computer code.

Chapter 3 – Closing the Systems Loops

An Urban Farming Paradigm Resilient to Energy Descent

This Chapter investigates the opportunities in energy savings and waste management by integrating various natural and artificial systems within the Urban Farm. Closing the loops of various natural and artificial systems and nutrient cycle creates a stable, autonomous farming paradigm that is self-renewing and self-sufficient.

Chapter 2 – Road to Self Sufficiency in Food Production

An Urban Farming Paradigm Resilient to Energy Descent

After a detailed analysis, it makes the most sense, from an energy perspective, to grow vegetables, fruits, chicken and fish locally in Singapore. This chapter discusses the means to grow them efficiently within the urban fabric of Singapore.

Chapter 1 – Food Production from an Energy Perspective

An Urban Farming Paradigm Resilient to Energy Descent

Singapore imports over 90% of its food requirement, so any disruption in production to any of its key suppliers could have significant consequences to the food security of Singapore. Therefore, certain long-term strategies have to be developed to ensure greater resilience and self-sufficiency in food supply.

Multi-Criteria Evolutionary Optimisation

Conference Paper at CAADRIA 2012

Vignesh Kaushik presented a research paper on 'Multi-Criteria Evolutionary Optimisation Of Building Envelopes During Conceptual Stages Of Design' at the 17th International CAADRIA conference held in April 2012 at Hindustan University, Chennai.