Since more clients are using scripting for explorations of architectural forms, computational design gives WSP the opportunity to better integrate with the design process. The open source nature of the computational design scripting environment allows the combining of different analysis types for a more comprehensive view.
“Performance analysis typically is limited by the capabilities of the software tools we use,” Glassman said. “With scripting, we can create our own custom software, opening a wider range of possibilities to answer emerging and project specific questions. We can overlay a layer of analysis to their formal exportation to give feedback on the performance implications of each alternative, and generate unique visualizations that better communicate the factors influencing building performance so that it is better understood by all project stakeholders.”
WSP provides meaningful insights into the way the building can be designed to minimize loads, improve indoor environmental quality, incorporate renewable energy, and a host of other performance considerations.
“We can balance multiple performance aspects such as energy, peak loads, daylight, and visual comfort so that we don’t inadvertently optimize for one at the expense of the other,” he said. “We can also integrate other sources of data as a way of interpreting results and understanding the implications of decisions on other design considerations.”
As it gains wider acceptance, Glassman believes that computational design will revolutionize the way buildings are designed and constructed.
“The aspects of the built environment that computational design can benefit are only starting to be explored,” he said. “Eventually, the designs of our buildings and cities will be driven by data relating to the environmental influences, the behavior of occupants, and the efficiency of the structure and infrastructure. By demonstrating how we have leveraged these workflows to achieve successful architectural and performance outcomes on other projects, we hope to promote their wider use.”
He said there are an unlimited number of ways that the scripting can be used to model and optimize the performance of the built environment. “It will be interesting to see how social and environmental concerns can be incorporated together in the future.”
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