Livable Habitat and Sustainable Urban Agenda

Livable Habitat and Sustainable Urban Agenda' organized by the Department of Architecture and Regional Planning, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur

Ar.Vignesh Kaushik was invited to make a presentation at the International Symposium 'Livable Habitat and Sustainable Urban Agenda' organized by the Department of Architecture and Regional Planning, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur in association with the Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation (MoHUPA), Government of India on 27th and 28th of January 2016 at Kolkata.

This symposium brought together national and international experts from various interrelated fields of housing and habitat planning, from government, academia and industry. It provided a forum to discuss the New Urban Agenda as envisaged by the forthcoming Habitat III, highlighting especially the role of the Development Enablers and Operational Enablers. There were planners, economists and infrastructure planners from India speaking on Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Housing and Habitat. National level experts on Building Materials and Technology also shared their experience on environmental friendly, energy efficient, earthquake resistant and cost effective technologies with focus on locally available materials suitable for public housing.

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. He stressed for the adoption of modular constitution techniques such as Pre-fabricated Pre-finished Volumetric Design (PPVC) for a speedier, superior quality and a much more sustainable output. He also discussed on using performance-driven parametric techniques to drive the design based on local site & climatic context.

Ar.Vignesh made a presentation on 'Computational Approach to Housing through Design for Manufacturing & Assembly (DfMA)'.

An Evolutionary Design Process

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The 18th International CAADRIA conference was held during 15-18 May 2013 and was hosted by National University of Singapore.

Vignesh Kaushik presented a paper on ‘An Evolutionary Design Process: Adaptive-iterative explorations in computational embryogenesis’. Computational embryogenies are a special kind of genotype to phenotype mapping process widely used in explorative evolutionary systems as they provide the mechanism for generating more complex solutions. This paper focuses on how designers explore embryogenies for specific design scenarios through an adaptive-iterative process. The process is demonstrated for a complex project to generate a prototypical urban farm in Singapore. It is shown that by employing an adaptive-iterative process, the embryogeny can be made progressively more complex and less abstract, thereby allowing the exploration to be guided by the designer.

The paper was authored by Vignesh Kaushik and Patrick Janssen at the National University of Singapore.

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Multi-Criteria Evolutionary Optimisation

The 17th International CAADRIA conference was held during 25-28 April 2012 and was hosted by Hindustan University, Chennai.

Vignesh Kaushik presented a paper on ‘Multi-Criteria Evolutionary Optimisation Of Building Envelopes During Conceptual Stages Of Design’. This paper focused on using evolutionary algorithms during conceptual stages of design process for multi-criteria optimisation of building envelopes. An experiment was carried out in optimising a panelled building envelope. The design scenario for the experiment was based on the building envelope of the Media Centre Building in Paris. The performance intent of the experiment was to maximise daylight and minimise afternoon direct sun hours in the building at certain specific locations. The experiments demonstrated how designers could quickly use evolutionary algorithms to explore a wide range of design variants at early conceptual stages of design process.

The paper was authored by Vignesh Kaushik and Patrick Janssen at National University of Singapore.

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