An EvolveLAB Co-Founder's Realization about Computational Design

March 29, 2016

 

At EvolveLAB, we’re pretty ambitious. One of our BIG goals is to revolutionize the next phase of 3D modeling in the space of Computational Design. My first realization of this idea and what was possible within 3D modeling become apparent when I was working at Schuco. Schuco is one of the world’s market leaders in its performance aluminum facade systems.   They have always been on the forefront of design for aluminum glazing systems, and with the feedback from the architectural community, they recognized an opportunity to provide standard systems which could be applied in unconventional designs.

 

In 2012, Schuco launched their first prototype of a standard Parametric Unitized Curtain Wall system. I quickly learned from the product managers that the next phase of architectural design involved creating one of a kind projects that would break the mold of the standard glass, brick, or precast box.  I have since witnessed how computational design in 3D modeling systems has enabled architects to now design splayed, kinked, and twisted facades and know that the geometry and form is calculated correctly and the fabrication data complete. Amazing!

 

Our team at EvolveLAB can’t help but get excited about the 3D modeling space, especially given the daily opportunities to create something new, dynamic, and iconic. What’s awesome about computational design is that it doesn't only apply only to facades - it can be used in many applications like rain screens, panel systems, interior ceiling features. As a result, we encourage and support designers to think outside the box and create their inspirations in Sketchup and pass the ball over to EvolveLAB to script a final model into Revit.

 

When the model is created, the designer still can modify each point until they complete their desired shape or element. Once this happens, we can implement the shape or element into the project model. The contractor then has the data and necessary information to provide budgets and, at the same time, engineers can provide calculations to determine material requirements. We like to think it’s a pretty easy-to-follow but highly effective process.

 

If the above interests you at all, we’d love for you to become a member of the ‘LAB’ for your next computational design requirement. If you want to learn more about computational design and how our approach can be integrated in your next design, feel free to contact us here

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