GoDesign: A modular generative design framework for mass-customization and optimization in architectural design

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We present a modular generative design framework for design processes in the built environment that provides for the unification of participatory design and optimization to achieve mass-customization and evidence-based design. The paper articulates this framework mathematically as three meta procedures framing the typical design problems as multi-dimensional, multi-criteria, multi-actor, and multi-value decision-making problems: 1) space-planning, 2) configuring, and 3) shaping; structured as to the abstraction hierarchy of the chain of decisions in design processes. These formulations allow for applying various problem-solving approaches ranging from mathematical derivation & artificial intelligence to gamified play & score mechanisms and grammatical exploration. The paper presents a general schema of the framework; elaborates on the mathematical formulation of its meta procedures; presents a spectrum of approaches for navigating solution spaces; discusses the specifics of spatial simulations for ex-ante evaluation of design alternatives. The ultimate contribution of this paper is laying the foundation of comprehensive Spatial Decision Support Systems (SDSS) for built environment design processes.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTowards a new, configurable architecture
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 39th eCAADe Conference
EditorsV. Tojakovic, B. Tepavcevic
PublisherEducation and research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Event39th eCAADe Conference 2021: Towards a new, configurable architecture - Rektoratbuilding, Faculty of Technical Sciences, University of Novi Sad, Novi Sad, Serbia
Duration: 8 Sept 202110 Sept 2021
Conference number: 39


Conference39th eCAADe Conference 2021
CityNovi Sad
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