Instructor-initiated and department-approved systematic study and offering of specialized subject matter. Topics vary and are announced in preceding quarter.
Simulation based Design is a course that focuses on computational simulation tools and techniques to evaluate the performance of a design or design alternatives, starting at earliest conceptual design phases to help architects to make informed design decisions.
Evaluation is a part of the iterative design process. It is a measure of how well a given design solution or proposed design alternatives fulfill the expected performances.
The objectives of the course are:
• Provide the knowledge and hands-on experience of a computational simulation of building performance. Topics include solar, lighting, thermal and acoustical analysis techniques; • To utilize a visual calculation feedback that can support early stage conceptual design as well as final design prediction.
The software selected for this class is Ecotech, which is a designer-friendly simulation and performance analysis tools. The computational power makes it possible to playing around or experimenting with an idea (to evaluate whether it works or not) in a quick and efficient way. Some of class exercises will include:
• Display and animation of complex shadows and reflections, • Interactive sun-path diagrams for instant overshadowing analysis, • Calculation of daylight factors and artificial lighting levels either spatially or at any point, • Calculation of monthly heat loads and hourly temperature graphs for any zone, • Tracing the paths of acoustic particles and rays within any enclosures of any shape.
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