SmartGeometry 2009 Conference Day

This article captures the highlights of some of the most interesting and informative presentations at the recently held SmartGeometry Conference Day, including the use of parametric technologies in Beijing’s new Terminal 3 airport by Foster+Partners, in various stadiums including the Beijing Olympic Stadium by ArupSport, and in the continuing construction of Gaudi’s famous Sagrada Família Church in Barcelona.


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  1. In response to the above question, I’d like to argue that optioneering as such is rather a method and that it does not necessarily rely on any specific software. Optioneering logic implies a form of understanding between collaborating parties who discuss the criteria space for a design or a specific problem at the outset of their collaboration. They then address and trade-off the criteria through a controlled set of alterations that yield informed choices for decision-making (best done in teams).

    There is a variety of technology available to support these processes that are intrinsically social in the context of the built environment:

    Parametric modelling tools such as Bentley’s Generative Components, Gehry Technologies’ Digital Project, or Rhino’s Grasshopper plugin help to generate a quick turnaround of what I call ‘Geometry Cases’ that help to keep a design in a flexible, yet controlled state. Multi-criteria decision analysis MCDA tools for engineering design optimisation such as ModelCenter from ‘Phoenix Integration’ and modeFRONTIER from ‘Esteco’ help solve complex trade-studies using optimization algorithms and Design of Experiments (DoE). These tools are rather generic as they support many kinds of MCDA and they do not necessarily focus on the building industry.

    The development of DesignLink that I have started in collaboration with Arup is addressing the lack of an appropriate tool in support of optioneering in the building industry by specifically linking building performance analysis tools with parametric design updates. DesignLink calls up applications, communicates between them and stores design data for comparison and decision support. It is currently being tested and expanded at Arup and we plan to open-source it to get stronger support industry-wide.

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