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  • Online Submission - SimAUD 2014 - Symposium on Simulation for Architecture and Urban Design
    please visit the SimAUD website SimAUD Main Page News Welcome to 2014 Organizers Sponsors Call for Submissions Important Dates Online Submission Venue Program Registration Online Submission Online submission site Mailing List Provide us with your email address and we ll keep you up to date on all the latest developments related to SimAUD RSS Feed Coming soon Proceedings Datasets Resources Top Image eSkin Simulation Image courtesy and copyright of Sabin

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  • Venue - SimAUD 2014 - Symposium on Simulation for Architecture and Urban Design
    Submission Venue Program Registration Venue To book accomodations at the conference hotel go to the SpringSim 2014 website and click Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay 2900 Bayport Drive Tampa FL 33607 USA Map View Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay in a larger map Mailing List Provide us with your email address and we ll keep you up to date on all the latest developments

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  • Program - SimAUD 2014 - Symposium on Simulation for Architecture and Urban Design - SimAUD 2014 - Symposium on Simulation for Architecture and Urban Design
    various exhibition catalogues and reviews She co authored Meander Variegating Architecture with Ferda Kolatan Top DEVS for Domain Experts Applying Human Computer Interaction Research to Visual Interface Design Maryam M Maleki Robert Woodbury Rhys Goldstein Simon Breslav and Azam Khan Presenter Biography Maryam holds a Ph D in Human Computer Interaction HCI from Simon Fraser University and a M Sc in Architecture from Shahid Beheshti University She is a user experience researcher interested in the application of HCI research in the computational design domain especially in architecture and engineering Her Ph D research on end user programming in computer aided design systems was awarded a three year NSERC postgraduate scholarship by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada She is currently collaborating with Autodesk Research on designing visual interfaces for the Discrete EVent System specification DEVS formalism Top Paper Abstracts Prototyping Interactive Nonlinear Nano to Micro Scaled Material Properties and Effects at the Human Scale Jenny Sabin Andrew Lucia Giffen Ott and Simin Wang The goal of the eSkin project is to explore materiality from nano to macroscales based upon an understanding of the dynamics of human cell behaviors Immediately at hand is the necessity to understand speculate test and simulate which nonlinear nano to micro scaled material properties are possible at the architectural scale The synergistic bottom up approach across diverse disciplines including cell matrix biology materials science engineering electrical systems engineering and architecture brings about a new paradigm to construct intelligent and sustainable building skins that engage users at an aesthetic level In this paper we present two human scale prototypes combining real time presence detection with specialized display technology and interactive computer simulation The prototypes probe the possible features and effects of eSkin at the scale of a building facade unit Top Parametric Spatial Models for Energy Analysis in the Early Design Stages Wassim Jabi Much of the research into integrating performance analysis in the design process has focused on the use of building information models BIM as input for analysis engines The main disadvantage of this approach is that BIM models are resource intensive and thus are usually developed in the later stages of design BIM models are also not necessarily compatible with energy analysis engines and thus a conversion and export process is needed This can lead to data loss calculation errors and failures Starting with the premise that energy analysis is more compatible with earlier design stages where simpler schematic models are the norm this paper presents a software system that integrates non manifold spatial topology a parametric design environment and an energy analysis engine for a more seamless generate test cycle in the early design stages The paper includes a description of the system architecture initial results and an outline of future work Top Simulation Supported Precedent Analysis Disclosing the Sustainable Attributes of Vernacular Structures in the Southern U S Tim Frank Environmental case study analysis has long served the design profession in describing complex building behavior putting architectural design strategies to task in order to offset the need for supplemental high grade energy systems Knowledge of these strategies becomes crucial for designers practicing in the Southern United States a region that demands effective low cost strategies that perform well within a fully humid climate marked by distinct variations However traditional case study methods rely heavily upon methods of approximation basing results on commonly held assumptions with little regard for the particular characteristics of place people and purpose that animate building performance Rather than relying upon rule of thumb conjecture low resolution simulation platforms offer a highly interactive and diverse toolset to designers facilitating testing sequences which acutely disclose how a range of geometric building configurations intensively shape the behavior of light heat and airflow present within the extensive environment This paper explores the role of building simulation tools in the analysis of Southern vernacular structures with emphasis on the tool s capacity to support heuristic procedures Through multi domain functionality these tools enable iterative analysis across numerous time frames producing and advancing crucial knowledge about the performance of vernacular building attributes The findings from simulation supported precedent analysis underscore this role expanding upon the inventory of passive architectural devices highlighted by James Marston Fitch to include permeable enclosures centralized wind chambers and narrow floor plates Fitch 1961 Top SAFEgress A Flexible Platform to Study the Effect of Human and Social Behaviors on Egress Performance Mei Ling Chu Paolo Parigi Kincho Law and Jean Claude Latombe Studies of past emergency events have revealed that occupant behavior local geometry and environmental constraints affect crowd movement and govern evacuation Occupants social characteristics and the unique layout of buildings should be considered to ensure that egress systems can handle evacuee behavior This paper describes an agent based egress simulation tool SAFEgress which is designed to incorporate human and social behaviors during evacuations Simulation results on two scenarios are presented The first scenario illustrates the effects of the exiting strategies adopted by occupants on evacuation The second scenario shows the influence of social group behavior on evacuations By assuming different behaviors using this prototype engineers designers and facility managers can study the important human factors during an emergency situation and thereby improve the design of safe egress systems and procedures Top Using Agent Based Modelling to Simulate Occupants Behaviour in Response to Summer Overheating Alaa Alfakara and Ben Croxford This paper presents a pilot investigation of an ongoing research to model detailed occupants behaviours when dealing with summer overheating in UK domestic buildings using agent based modelling and a dynamic simulation model The pilot model was built in REPAST to initially model the behaviours of two adults in a flat controlling windows and mechanical cooling systems to achieve comfort Two cases were considered a base case behaviour and an improved case behaviour Thermal Analysis Simulation software TAS was used to model the flat where hourly cooling and windows schedules produced by agents were fed into TAS to estimate cooling load and internal temperatures Initial results showed a reduced usage of mechanical cooling and reduced cooling load under improved case behaviour Top Towards Visualization of Simulated Occupants and their Interactions with Buildings at Multiple Time Scales Simon Breslav Rhys Goldstein Alex Tessier and Azam Khan While most building simulation tools model occupancy using simple 24 hour profiles researchers are applying machine learning and other advanced modeling approaches to simulate individual occupants and their interactions with buildings For building designers to fully benefit from these increasingly advanced occupant models visualizations must ultimately reveal subtle yet informative patterns contained in the simulation results As a step in this direction we focus on 3D animation and the challenges that arise when multiple time scales are involved Specifically we explore the use of stylized computer animation to clarify occupant movement the use of cueing to draw attention to key events and an original clock widget to consolidate time related information Top Tangible 3D Urban Simulation Table Flora Salim Design models for an urban landscape could simulate how design alternatives perform with regards to volatile environmental phenomena human movements and social interactions in the city This paper presents a low tech markerless approach to designing and developing a tangible 3D urban simulation table using an ordinary table generic building blocks and fabricated urban models a Kinect and a projector The digital 2D scene was projected on the table in response to the forms and configurations of physical 3D models on the table The installation that was developed for a public exhibition was specifically designed for visualizing wind flows and speed on an urban site Users can get their hands on the 3D tangible building blocks to change the configuration of the urban model on the table and get a sense how it influences the wind flow around the site Top Typologies of Architectural Interaction A Social Dimension Seoug Oh Veronica Patrick and Daniel Cardoso Llach Interactive architecture is concerned with exchanges between humans environmental factors and the built environment These systems are commonly presented as instruments to a maintain adequate levels of interior lighting and temperature adapting to occupants needs and b reduce building energy consumption by autonomously regulating solar intake in response to environmental factors Cardoso et al 2011 While these approaches have yielded promising questions and applications in this paper we are more interested in exploring interactive architecture s potential role as catalyst for social activity First we analyze a selection of contemporary interactive architecture projects proposing a set of typologies of architectural interaction driven by the kind of exchanges each project establishes with both occupants and the environment Second we test these typologies through a controlled experiment with a responsive artifact that we use as a platform to investigate different types of interactivity and their effects on social activity In one study for instance our responsive artifact is programmed to respond solely to environmental factors In the second study it is programmed to respond exclusively to human input By presenting the typologies the prototypes and our observations about the interactions they enable this paper proposes a new way of thinking socially about interactive systems expanding on a crucial ongoing discussion about the relationship between interactive buildings humans and the environment Top Designing Fluvial Sites Digitally Augmented Physical Hydraulic Modeling Video Alexander Robinson This video presents an urban river design methodology that employs high resolution hydraulic physical models The video augments the process with metric and spatial performance analysis to enhance the methodology and facilitate iterative design for multiple critical functions Overall the approach prototypes an enhanced methodological common ground between fundamental civil engineering and landscape architecture design tools Top Parameters Tell the Design Story Ideation and Abstraction in Design Optimization Erin Bradner Francesco Iorio and Mark Davis We report qualitative findings from interviews and observations detailing how professionals generate and evaluate design ideas using design optimization tools We interviewed 18 architects and manufacturing design professionals We frame our findings using the Geneplore model of creative cognition and classify examples of ideation and abstract design thinking arising from optimization workflows Contrary to our expectations we found that the computed optimum was often used as the starting point for design exploration not the end product We also found that parametric models plus their associated parameters and simulations serve as an alternate highly valued form of design documentation distinct from engineering schematics Top Genetic Based Form Exploration of Mid Rise Structures Using Cell Morphologies Omid Oliyan Torghabehi and Peter von Buelow This research explores well performing forms of mid rise buildings which use cellular morphologies as perimeter bracing of the structure The study is based on structural performance under earthquake loading The geometry of the structure is created by parametric modeling following the principles of cellular space division Optimization software is employed as a genetic based tool for exploration of design alternatives The software combines parametric modeling finite element performance simulation and a genetic algorithm coupled with database storage Externally braced frame structures consist of a braced load bearing system in the perimeter of the structure In this study a parametric vertical spatially framed system is developed based on cellular morphology The parametric model is used in a performance oriented process of form generation guided by a genetic algorithm GA Using the database to store all of the evaluated design alternatives then exploration of desired solutions will be performed through data mining A pallet of well performing design alternatives is generated as the exploration result Top Design Agency Prototyping Multi Agent System Simulation for Design Search and Exploration David Jason Gerber Rodrigo Shiordia Sreerag Veetil Palangat Arjun Mahesh This work presents prototypes of multi agent system simulation for design search and exploration We describe an experimental approach in part based on a previously established multidisciplinary design optimization MDO framework Here the work further explores the potential impact of MDO in conjunction with multi agent systems on the early stages of design Specifically this paper addresses the potential of introducing agent based computing techniques into the multidisciplinary architectural design optimization and search workflow to tackle geometrically complex design problems and to facilitate early stage design exploration To address these interests a series of prototyped workflows were studied inclusive of environmental performance and structural performance metrics and benchmarks This paper presents a novel methodology for using simulation data in conjunction with multi agent systems as a way for re informing form and enhancing performance in a generative design environment The methodology is based on the use of swarm algorithms and their integration with data generated by simulation software The interaction between these two domains the simulation data and swarm algorithms generates the final outputs as a modified geometry that is then evaluated by comparison for enhanced design performance Top Visual Robot Programming Linking Design Simulation and Fabrication Johannes Braumann and Sigrid Brell Cokcan In the creative industry architects and designers have to realize complex prototypical projects without the profit margins or the economy of scale of other industries One of the core enablers of such processes are fluid and efficient workflows that allow a maximum of flexibility throughout the design process However rather than fully automating the design process approaches are required that allow quick and intuitive changes of key parameters Using visual programming tools architects and designers are now able to create their own virtual simulation environments where they can change key parameters with the push of a slider and observe the results on their designs in real time This research shows approaches how parametric environments can be extended beyond simple design iterations to directly link the design with robotic fabrication Due to their inherent multifunctionality robotic arms are of special interest to the creative industry and can profit from the similar versatility of visual programming environments Top A Freeform Surface Fabrication Method with 2D Cutting Andres Sevtsuk and Raul Kalvo We introduce a method for creating free form architectural structures out of 2D domain line networks The resulting structure combines principles of thin shell and single layer grid structures The innovation lies in a three dimensional geometrical arrangement where all structural elements can be cut out of flat panels The advantage of the proposed method is that structural support systems can be created for a wide variety of line networks using simple cutting technology e g saws laser cutters 3 axis CNC routers making the construction of geometrically complex structures accessible to a wider audience at a significantly lower cost We illustrate theoretical possibilities of the approach and demonstrate a full scale application on a 200 square meter pavilion built from plywood panels and clad with sheet metal tiles at the Singapore University of Technology and Design An analogous approach can be used with a high degree of flexibility to fabricate complex structures of different shape and pattern for various building applications Top Design Friendly Strategies for Computational Form Finding of Curved Folded Geometries A Case Study Shajay Bhooshan Mustafa El Sayed and Suryansh Chandra The built prototype described in this paper explores synergies between contemporary architecture engineering and robotic fabrication technologies The fabrication technology and process used is a scaled and numerically controlled version of the scoring paper and manual folding method used to find feasible geometries The essential contribution of the paper is a case study of a digital design strategy that enabled multi displinary and novel solutions to address the difficulties in the design and manufacture of architecture scale assemblies of curve crease folded panels Top Tensegrity Systems Acting as Windbreaks Form Finding and Fast Fluid Dynamics Analysis to Address Wind Funnel Effect Panagiota Athanailidi Ava Fatah gen Schieck Vlad Tenu and Angelos Chronis Wind speed in urban areas can create an unpleasant and dangerous environment known as wind funnel effect resulting in the non use of urban spaces This paper investigates a simulation based method for designing tensegrity systems to mitigate the wind funnel effect in urban canyons focusing on form finding of tensegrity systems The following methodology was proposed 1 modeling tensegrity structures accurately using Genetic Algorithms GA to find the most effective cubic units of struts and cables 2 re creating the wind funnel effect in a passage located between two parallel buildings 3 finding the characteristics of the most porous windbreak structure that could effectively solve the funnel effect in the passage with the use of GA for optimization 4 using tensegrity units acquired from step 1 to construct a windbreak with the characteristics found in step 3 All steps employed Fast Fluid Dynamic FFD simulations to test wind behavior in each environment After this thorough investigation the final results from the above steps showed that a proper combination of tensegrity units determined in step 1 is able to address the wind funnel effect effectively creating a windbreak in a passage between parallel buildings Top Optimizing the Form of Tall Buildings to Achieve Minimum Structural Weight by Considering Along Wind Effect Matin Alaghmandan Mahjoub Elnimeiri Anders Carlson and Robert Krawczyk One of the most influential parameters in architectural and structural design of tall buildings in addition to gravity loads is the lateral load resulting from wind and earthquakes Tall buildings have to be designed for a larger base shear resulting from wind forces rather than seismic forces however ductile detailing is used to account for seismic demands The wind effect occurs primarily in two main modes of action across wind and along wind In this paper a design method of tall buildings that considers integrated architectural and structural strategies to reduce the along wind effect in an effort to achieve the minimum weight of the structure is presented This method creates an innovative computational workbench to design efficient tall buildings regarding the along wind effect by connecting an architectural parametric design procedure by AutoLisp AutoCAD a Computational Fluid Dynamics program ANSYS a structural analysis program ETABS and a genetic algorithm based optimization procedure of ParGen Top Approximating Urban Wind Interference Samuel Wilkinson Gwyneth Bradbury and Sean Hanna A new approach is demonstrated to approximate computational fluid dynamics CFD in urban tall building design contexts

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  • Registration - SimAUD 2014 - Symposium on Simulation for Architecture and Urban Design
    is done through the SpringSim 2014 website Step 1 If you are a student or retiree be sure to click Registration Discounts and fill out the necessary forms to obtain a sizable discount Step 2 Consider purchasing an SCS membership which also reduces the fee Step 3 To register click Register for this Conference Mailing List Provide us with your email address and we ll keep you up to date

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  • Mailing List - SimAUD 2014 - Symposium on Simulation for Architecture and Urban Design
    SimAUD Mailing List Want to keep up to date on all the latest developments related to SimAUD Sign up for our mailing list Join the mailing list Enter you email address below to join our mailing list Leave the mailing list Enter you email address below to be removed from our mailing list Mailing List Provide us with your email address and we ll keep you up to date on

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  • News - SimAUD 2013 - Symposium on Simulation for Architecture and Urban Design
    News Welcome to 2013 Organizers Sponsors Call for Submissions Important Dates Online Submission Venue Program Registration News and Updates SimAUD 2016 Website June 24 2015 The SimAUD 2016 Website is now up Please check out the Call for Submissions and notify interested colleagues SimAUD 2015 Proceedings Available April 22 2015 The SimAUD 2015 proceedings are now available Mailing List Provide us with your email address and we ll keep you

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  • Organizers - SimAUD 2013 - Symposium on Simulation for Architecture and Urban Design
    Azam Khan Head Environment and Ergonomics Research Group Autodesk Research Top Program Committee Marilyne Andersen Associate Professor School of Architecture Civil and Environmental Engineering Ecole Polytechnique Federal de Lausanne Ian Beausoleil Morrison Associate Professor Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Carleton University Nancy Clark Brown Senior Manager Autodesk Education Michael Glueck Research Scientist Autodesk Research SimAUD web site and publication layout Ted Kesik Associate Professor Faculty of Architecture Landscape and Design University of Toronto Christoph Reinhart Associate Professor School of Architecture and Planning Massachusetts Institute of Technology Gabriel Wainer Associate Professor Department of Systems and Computer Engineering Carleton University Top Scientific Committee Marilyne Andersen EPFL Shady Attia EPFL Ramtin Attar Autodesk Research Ian Beausoleil Morrison Carleton University Simon Breslav Autodesk Research Jose Candanedo Natural Resources Canada YiChao Chen Concordia University Nancy Clark Brown Autodesk Alan Fung Ryerson University David Gerber University of Southern California Michael Glueck Autodesk Research Rhys Goldstein Autodesk Research Eric Gordon Consultant in urban design H Burak Gunay Carleton University Brent Huchuk Carleton University Nathaniel Jones Cornell University Costa Kapsis Concordia University Ted Kesik University of Toronto Ata Khan Carleton University Azam Khan Autodesk Research Phylroy Lopez Natural Resources Canada Lira Nikolovska Autodesk Liam O Brien Carleton University Briana

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  • Sponsors - SimAUD 2013 - Symposium on Simulation for Architecture and Urban Design
    2013 Organizers Sponsors Call for Submissions Important Dates Online Submission Venue Program Registration Sponsors SimAUD would like to thank the generous support of this year s sponsors In Cooperation with Mailing List Provide us with your email address and we

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