Parametric design is a strategic modelling process used to generate building geometry based on a set of rules or inter-related parameters. Implementing parametric modelling early in a project helps understand the complex relationships that drive sustainable design solutions. At WOWAD, the Computational Design team works in tandem with simulation team and develop methods that allows designers to visualise design solutions and their performance feedback simultaneously.
Automation + Scripting
Often, variations from a parametric model may generate hundreds of design variants and it is difficult to evaluate, analyse and compare each variant manually. Hence, through scripted means, we can automate and evolve the process of development, evaluation and analysis of design variants. Such bottom-up design process allows the architect to negotiate architectural complexity with ease and helps arriving at a family of optimal solutions quickly.
With many parameters affecting a building design, it is tedious to iterate and analyse all of them in tandem using rules-of-thumb. Evolutionary design is an iterative process which evolves population of designs as genetic variations of a parametric model. At WOWAD, we simulate and evaluate thousands of design variants quickly and generate a Pareto-optimal trade-off curve that enables the client to better understand the return on investment of potential design variants.
Abstracting building geometry as mathematical equations and algorithms forms an inherent part of computational design. The computational complexity can range from optimising modular or patterned surfaces to rationalising freeform spline-based surfaced geometry. At WOWAD, we can help you apply algorithmic design techniques on many scales and building typologies and facilitate form finding, panel/cost optimisation and geometry rationalisation.