Beyond a mode of production, I like to think of BIM is our industry’s current database “schema” for design, delivery, construction, and operations. While this will no doubt evolve in the near future, BIM is central to a data-driven design process.
If BIM is the industry’s “data schema”, computation is the processor to make our data usable.
Computation involves the novel application of algorithms, scripts, and other workflows within the building design process. Within a design process, this might result in a flexible parametric model capable of conforming to constraints and data. Computation might also come in the form of a script which is used to automate complex data so a designer can more freely explore the possibilities within a design problem.
When I do strategic consulting engagement, I often enquire about staff skillsets. Do you have programmers on staff? Do any designers use tools like Grasshopper or Dynamo? Can anyone script? These types of skills are invaluable if your firm is embracing a data-driven workflow.
digital simulation has still yet to be adopted as a commonplace activity within the mainstream architectural design process
Today, there are many solutions hitting the marketplace focused on providing more intuitive, fast, and iterative analysis solutions.
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Analytics gives us the means to make sense of the data at our disposal in order to discover trends and predict outcomes. In the design process, analytics might involve quickly consuming and understanding program requirements through visualization. As a design develops, analytics can enable a designer to effectively compare analysis data in order to determine design options with the best performance.
r a successful implementation of analytics, design teams need to have a skillset in using data as a medium. With analytics, teams will be challenged to validate and structure their data as fluidly as they would compose and coordinate their drawings.
Data-driven process = Analytics, BIM, computation, and simulation
Statistician W. Edwards Dennings once remarked “In God we trust. All others must bring data.”
provide evidence that they are getting the best possible design
what we did at the studio with Sébastien Perrault is that he, we created a 3D model of the project and integrated into it all the parameters of the sun and the wind and the collecting water.
So we use plugins into the rhino design process integrating all this data and that was the critical part of this project. And so what that data did is creating an object that responds to all this environmental factors and in a way ends up symbolizing them and becomming a sculpture that expresses its environment in the context of Miami.
We need to have people wich are specialist in each of this domains and combine that into a cogesive 3 dimensional object.
There is very few people that are aware and can do it.
the way that CD work fits in a firm context needs to evolve
At a point where our tools need to evolve to have better engagement, better impact
How we engage with firm leadership
cultural process in an effort to maximize impact
Outils crés dans les agences pour un usage interne > pouvoir engager des équipes de codeurs, créer des outils que tout designer peut utiliser
How the layout of the space produces greater levels of interactions, visual connexion
Bitbucket and Github & Source control to collaborate on the code, gather feedbacks and ideas on how to improve
Idea that the tools that are developped must be seen as products where design teams are customers.
Hackathon allows to produce a very compelling proof of concept
Requires more tim and ressources in order to really take it to a final delivery stage
Developp a detail proposal and pitch it to firm leadership for approval for additional hours : internal angel investors deciding wether or not to fund projects that are proposed
Use computation to push the boundaries of client expectations
Take some time outside the boudaries of a project
WeWork, the hugely successful shared-office startup, is embracing a technology that other brick-and-mortar companies likely are not: Last fall, it bought an architecture studio. Case specializes in a method of design and construction called building information modeling. This technologically advanced method does away with blueprints and turns a building into layers of interactive data. This makes far more information available to the architects, allowing them to deploy design decisions far more quickly. So if you ask its founders, WeWork is not a real estate company. It’s a technology company where its in-house architects treat interior design like software design.
This wild growth began in earnest in 2012, around the time WeWork first turned to Case
what Fano calls “a shared belief in technology as an enabler of good design.” They specifically liked how precisely and efficiently BIM allowed them to digitally prototype new buildings. (“Really, I just hate wasting time,” Fano says.)
After three years of contracting work from Case, WeWork bought the firm in August for an undisclosed sum
“They’re not going to be thinking of the whole lifespan of this project, or how do we document every single light bulb, or every product
Fano leads a 160-person “physical products” team
The design process starts once the real estate team has signed a lease
Then the in-house reality capture team uses a $120,000 3-D laser scanner to create a highly detailed digital model of each floor
Once a 3-D model is in place, the physical environments team digitally test layouts, office sizes, and what fits where.
“Now we’ve created an informed design solution.”
the method has allowed WeWork to increase space efficiency by 15 to 20 percent
BIM does indeed lead to significant savings.
“The general consensus is that 30 percent of all construction is waste,” he says.
“If you do some of the simple things with BIM, you can save 10 percent of the building cost.”
the company is currently exploring how real-time information about materials costs in a given market affect a project’s bottom line
allow for adjustments on the fly
WeWork hopes this technology will enable yet another ambition: making WeWork a vertically-integrated real estate venture
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Other startups create apps. WeWorks creates offices. That’s the product. And if WeWorks achieves its goal, it’s product will be developed much like an app: deftly, digitally, and in-house.
Fano has an old saw that sums it up: “It all goes back to the old carpenter’s adage: measure twice, cut once.”