MIT’s Department of Urban Studies & Planning - Tutorials and Tools

Sunday, August 05, 2018


DUSPviz is an initiative of MIT’s Department of Urban Studies & Planning to improve departmental capacity in data analysis, visual representation, and technological communication tools. The mission is to improve planning through the open sharing of knowledge and technology and teach concepts and fundamentals manifested through common communication tools and cutting edge technology.

Most of the DUSPviz workshops and sessions are preserved as tutorials for reference, this page contains DUSPviz tutorials and workshop materials, including videos, handouts, and datasets. While we try to get all material online, certain material does not lend itself to posting. Contact DUSPviz if you have a suggestion for a tutorial or resource, or to request material that might not be online.
to find out more...


From one site leads to another, the image is showing the design explorer available for free online by Thornton Tomasetti.

Text via http://duspviz.mit.edu/index.php
Image via http://tt-acm.github.io/DesignExplorer/
Some Interesting Links:

Proposal for a Highrise and Mixed Used Building, Tokyo

Saturday, July 28, 2018

From 2D planning to vertical space integration.
Interesting links:
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/272397477446946526/
https://www.behance.net/gallery/4141925/Highrise-Proposal-Tokyo

Image via https://www.behance.net/alexanderdaxboeck

How Galapagos works

Thursday, July 26, 2018


cad to rvt & skp to rvt

Friday, June 01, 2018

You can extract CAD data with 'EATTEXT' command and follow the 8 steps for the information needed and convert them into csv file, to be opened in excel and imported by Dynamo, transfer to Revit.

Or Bimorphnodes maybe the package you can explore in Dynamo.

Related links:
https://knowledge.autodesk.com/support/autocad-map-3d/troubleshooting/caas/sfdcarticles/sfdcarticles/Civil-3D-How-to-extract-AutoCAD-points-to-CSV-file.html

For skp to rvt, please refer link below:
http://www.martinportfolio.com/blog/2016/3/22/sketchup-to-revit-with-dynamo

Blockchain for construction industry


Automated real-time validation with blockchain mechanism applied during the design and construction phase.

Image from PLOS via  http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article/figure/image?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0163477.g011&size=large

Related links:

Algorithmic Sketchbook



Develop your own sketch book!

Dynamo:
https://issuu.com/cesarecaoduro/docs/dynamotutorial.docx
https://issuu.com/iuidesign/docs/dynamo_language_manual_final

Grasshopper
https://issuu.com/emilylucchesi/docs/
https://issuu.com/meganrodgers8/docs/algorithmic_sketchbook
https://issuu.com/ornellaaltobelli/docs/algorithmic_sketchbook_ornella_alto
https://issuu.com/pabloherrera/docs/generative_algorithms_f07be9052a219d
https://issuu.com/jaydenzhaoxuchang/docs/591345_xuchang_zhao
https://issuu.com/mitchell.xu/docs/air_studio_algorithmic_sketchbook

Image from https://issuu.com/mitchell.xu/docs/air_studio_algorithmic_sketchbook

Dynamo Spatial Planning - Dynamo



To find out more...

Related youtube videos:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zxncsb9u974

How to start your blockchain journey?

Thursday, May 10, 2018


I am starting my journey to blockchain learning!
IBM is offering free learnings:
https://developer.ibm.com/blockchain/

SFDUG Jan 2018 | Machine Learning and Computational Design Adoption

Friday, April 20, 2018

Related links:
http://designspaceconstruction.org/
http://www.m-ouf.com/

10,000 options in one project



"Generative design is essentially a process that mimics nature, using cloud computing to take an evolutionary approach to design.

The process begins by defining a set of goals for your design as well as parameters that will restrict it, then uses a computer to crunch through all of the possible permutations to find the best option.
" To find out more...

Image & passage from https://www.constructionnews.co.uk/best-practice/technology/how-generative-design-turns-10000-ideas-into-one-project/10016805.article

Sefaira Architecture

Wednesday, March 28, 2018


"Sefaira Architecture is a collaborative, cloud-based software that combines an engaging, easy-to-learn interface with validated industry-standard analysis engines. It equips firms who care about building performance to:
  • Produce high-performing design concepts from the early design stages;
  • Collaborate across disciplines and across firms;
  • Educate and empower their teams to adopt Performance-Based Design; and
  • Communicate their success with Performance-Based Design across the firm and to the market." to find out more...

Passage via http://sefaira.com/sefaira-architecture/

McKinsey & Company on AI

"Artificial intelligence (AI) seems to be everywhere. We experience it at home and on our phones. Before we know it—if entrepreneurs and business innovators are to be believed—AI will be in just about every product and service we buy and use. In addition, its application to business problem solving is growing in leaps and bounds. And at the same time, concerns about AI’s implications are rising: we worry about the impact of AI-enabled automation on the workplace, employment, and society."  to find out more...

Passage and Image via https://www.mckinsey.com/business-functions/mckinsey-analytics/our-insights/what-ai-can-and-cant-do-yet-for-your-business

Collaborate, Coordinate and Integrate through autodesk BIM 360


Related links https://bim360.autodesk.com/

Computational Design for BIM

Saturday, March 17, 2018

"Computational Design for BIM is an intelligent model-based process that provides a framework for negotiating and influencing the interrelation of internal and external building parameters." to find out more...
Image and Text from Autodesk

Precision Modelling with Blender for architecture

Monday, February 26, 2018

We have tutorials since 2008 on Precision Modelling with Blender for architecture by Yorik in https://yorik.uncreated.net/tutorials/precisionmodelling-blender.html
Why architects should explore on Blender: http://blendermama.com/why-blender
Related link:
https://blenderartists.org/forum/showthread.php?403082-Precision-Modeling-in-Blender-Tools-and-Addons-free-ebook-available
http://pdfsr.com/check_download/precision-modeling-in-blender-tools-and-addons

Parametric Design

Sunday, February 25, 2018

"Parametric Design uses defined parameters to generate numerous designs with the aid of algorithms. This can help with productivity as well as innovation to create multiple designs and configurations of products and architecture which would have not surfaced using traditional methods, not to mention all done in a fraction of the time needed with the power of computers. This reading list has an emphasis in architectural design and features literature from 1981 to present to help give an idea of the beginnings of parametric design to current methods." to find out more...

Passage via https://library.sutd.edu.sg/sulb/weeklydiscovery/Parametic%20Design.pdf

related articles:
http://www.digitaleng.news/de/ai-wants-seat-design-table/

Divisare

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

"Divisare Books is a high-quality, independent editorial project dedicated to architecture documents, a modular publication of monographic issues each tackling a different topic: drawings collections, photographic surveys, visual essays, short writings, interviews, etc." to find out more...
Passage and Image via https://divisare.com/selected-projects/top

Fabricate

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Fabricate is looking for partners and support in building a world leading resource for design and making. There are quality work shared through Fabricate books since 2011. to find out more...
Image from Fabricate 2017 via http://www.fabricate2017.org/2017/04/08/fabricate-book-free-download/

Parametric Modeling with Sverchok

Thursday, November 02, 2017

"Sverchok is a powerful parametric tool for architects, allowing geometry to be programmed visually with nodes. Mesh and geometry programming consists of combining basic elements such as:
  • lists of indexed Vectors representing coordinates (Sverchok vectors are zero based)
  • lists of grouped indices to represent edges and polygons.
  • matrices (user-friendly rotation-scale-location transformations)" to find out more...

Image via https://blender-brussels.github.io/articles/parametric-modeling-with-sverchok/
Passage via https://github.com/nortikin/sverchok
Related links:
https://wiki.blender.org/index.php/Extensions:2.6/Py/Scripts/Nodes/Sverchok
http://blendersushi.blogspot.sg/2014/01/sverchok-get-to-know.html

Construction Operations Building Information Exchange (COBie)

Friday, October 27, 2017


"Construction Operations Building Information Exchange (COBie) is a non-proprietary data format for the publication of a subset of building information models (BIM) focused on delivering asset data as distinct from geometric information." to find out more...

Blender - Introduction to Tessellations

Thursday, October 26, 2017


Blender is free, why not give it a try for computational design and modeling with Blender?

The Plethora Project and Rosetta

Saturday, October 14, 2017




"Plethora-Project is a design studio with a mission to accelerate computational literacy in the frame of Architecture and Design." to find out more...


"PyRosetta is an interactive Python-based interface to the powerful Rosetta molecular modeling suite. It enables users to design their own custom molecular modeling algorithms using Rosetta sampling methods and energy functions." to find out more...

Related:
https://fenix.tecnico.ulisboa.pt/downloadFile/395144311912/resumo.pdf

Rosetta for architects:
http://web.ist.utl.pt/antonio.menezes.leitao/Rosetta/tutorials/introduction.html

Source:
https://www.plethora-project.com/
http://www.pyrosetta.org/ 

Image:
http://web.ist.utl.pt/antonio.menezes.leitao/Rosetta/about/about.html

design machine group

Thursday, October 12, 2017

"We are a collaborative research studio aimed at exploring, fostering and developing ideas that will shape the future of design and information technology." to find out more...

Is BIM Killing Architecture?

Tuesday, September 05, 2017


To find out more...

Project Fractal

Friday, August 25, 2017





GitHub for Architectural designs / BIM / VDC

Saturday, August 05, 2017



You may consider using Git for change management, with a repository on local machines and push it to Git for sharing.

R vs Python

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

"Both Python and R are amongst the most popular languages for data analysis, and have their supporters and opponents. While Python is often praised for being a general-purpose language with an easy-to-understand syntax, R's functionality is developed with statisticians in mind, thereby giving it field-specific advantages such as great features for data visualization." to find out more...
Text extracted from
https://www.datacamp.com/community/tutorials/r-or-python-for-data-analysis#gs.4=S3yoY

Singapore International BIM Competition (IBC) 2017

Friday, April 14, 2017

IBC 2017 is open for registration with the theme on Computational Design, Analysis and Optimisation for ‘Design for Manufacturing and Assembly’ (DfMA). You may complete the registration form and email to pong_woon_wei@bca.gov.sg !
Please refer to competition details for IBC 2017 released below links:
+ International BIM Competition 2017 Design Brief
+ 4nos A1 ppt Template and Presentation Guide
+ 20 pages A4 ppt Template and Presentation Guide
+ 10 pages A4 Report Template and Presentation Guide

Digital architecture

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Conventionally, we draw the layout, create massing model, refine the model, detailed it, export for fabrication.

Now, we are creating designs through procedural, rule-based approach, organizing our thoughts into logics and processes for scripting or codes and allowing the computer to generate the designs and forms with iteration following with scripting refining to tune the form and repeat the process for improvement.

I had seen this during my school days back in 2001 and the school teachers can't accept them.
Now, I need to learn that, 15years later.
  • Python / C++
  • Dynamo-Revit
  • Grasshopper-Rhino
  • Houdini
  • AECOsim-Generative Component

Digitizing the entire value chain in Building Industry

Sunday, October 30, 2016

In 1760 there were steam engine technology and industry revolution that changed the entire process, production and work method. 250 years later, we have digital platforms and cloud based construction approach that is happening so fast that the matured generations are finding ways to adapt with the pace of the change.

Rich data stored in microchips; design translated into scripts through visual programming, process automated by cloud based servers; construction with manufacturing approach with on-site installation and offsite assembling by robots and construction progress managed by augmented reality and drones! These are just simply amazing development embraced by the building industry.


From Form follows Function to Performance and now - Form follows Data!

New technologies, materials and strategic method with new business model in architecture happens sooner that we can adopt and adapt. Architectural design engaging artificial intelligence (AI) with robotic approach is already happening!

Design, process and construction output can be digitized with automated rule-based approach and optimized with well coordinated and collaborated among different disciplines. It is also cloud based support without having time, location, space and production constraints. Not only raising productivity, efficiency and effectiveness but a new paradigm of architecture with engagement of artificial intelligence.

Time as 4D, Cost as 5D, Facility Management as 6D, Sustainability as 7D and what is the next 8D?
I should presume Robotic Process as 8D.

These might sound too far advance to the ground workers but the industry is moving ahead to digitized construction approach.

We are going into the digital construction paradigm now!

I am really excited over the new technologies applied for the construction industry with Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, 3D printings, DfMA offsite construction, Drones, Computational BIM and all the Construction Digitization approach now!

Some interesting findings here:
http://www.irpanetwork.com/what-is-robotic-process-automation/
http://www.theb1m.com/
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