Peter von Buelow

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Different methods using evolutionary computation (EC) have been successfully applied to structural form optimization for many years. A well known limitation of these methods is the computational effort required to analyze significantly large and complex systems. As a result most examples have been limited to simple truss forms or smaller aspects of overall(More)
The paper addresses the design of large roof structures for semi outdoor spaces through an investigation of a type of performance-oriented design, which aims at integrating performance evaluations in the early stages of the design process. Particularly, aiming at improving daylight and thermal comfort under large structures, the paper focuses on the(More)
In this paper we discuss the support provided by parametric modeling and genetic algorithms to performance oriented design processes; the topic is discussed and exemplified with specific reference to modular wide span roofs. First, the paper introduces the concept of performance oriented design and describes potentials and limits of parametric modeling in(More)
In early phases of design a wide exploration of the design space is crucial to the development of creative solutions. In this regard, Evolutionary Computation (EC), and in particular Genetic Algorithms, contain several qualities that can enhance exploration by opening the search process beyond the focus of finding a single "best" solution. Over the years(More)
In contemporary architectural design new and experimental forms are constantly searched for and in the interaction between structural and architectural design a readable structural function adding to the architectural experience can be of interest. Cross-laminated timber plate elements show a high stiffness to weight ratio, and provide a wide range of(More)
The theme of this paper is interaction between and within plate-based roof structures braced by branching columns and tensile members. Interaction of cross-laminated timber plate structures and branching column systems have been investigated in a previous paper [1] by utilising physical models and Genetic Algorithms. Based on this study the concept of(More)
The approach demonstrated in this paper uses Evolutionary Computation (EC) to enhance and modify structural form based on biological micro structures.The forms are modified to conform to new boundary conditions associated with architectural structures.The process is based on a Genetic Algorithm (GA) which visually exposes for the designer a range of good(More)