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Autodesk University 2018

CS239262 - Generative Urban Design: a collaboration between Autodesk Research and Van Wijnen.

Session Description

Autodesk Research’s in-house architectural studio, The Living, is a pioneer in the application of Generative Design technology. They have completed successful projects for Airbus – the famous bionic partition for the A320 – and internal to Autodesk, including both the design of the new office in the MaRS district of Toronto and the exhibit hall layout for last year’s Autodesk University.

In late 2016, The Living was approached by Van Wijnen, an innovative Dutch construction company interested in reinventing the way they build homes. They wanted to apply Generative Design at the urban scale, exploring possibilities around the layout of residential areas based on financial, sociological or environmental metrics.

Speakers from Autodesk Research will present the concept behind the project and details of the Dynamo-based tool that Van Wijnen uses for new layouts. A speaker from Van Wijnen will talk about how the tool is used and has changed the way they approach urban planning projects.

Additional Information
Understand the core concepts behind Generative Design
See how Dynamo can be used with an optimization engine to implement Generative Design workflows for AEC
Learn best practices for implementing complex, large-scale Dynamo graphs, bringing the data into Revit
Learn how Van Wijnen has implemented Generative Urban Design in the real world
Industry Talk
Not Applicable
Accelerating Industrialized Construction
Generative Design
Dynamo Studio
Architect Land/Urban Planner
Anyone interested in understanding more about how Generative Design can be applied to problems in the AEC space.
Thought leadership and innovation
Industry Innovations
Generative Design Urban Design Urban Planning
1 hour
Session Speakers
  • Kean Walmsley - Platform Architect & Evangelist, Autodesk

    Platform Architect and Evangelist working for Autodesk Research. Blogs and tweets about developing with Forge, AutoCAD and other Autodesk technology, especially with respect to IoT, VR and AR.

  • Lorenzo Villaggi - Research Scientist Associate, The Living, an Autodesk Studio

    Lorenzo Villaggi is a designer and research scientist at The Living, an Autodesk studio. His work focuses on generative design, new materials and novel forms of visualization. More recently he has been exploring space subdivision techniques for space planning problems as well as the quantification of spatial experience for generative workflows for architecture. Lorenzo graduated from the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation with a Masters of Architecture where he has taught a graduate seminar and received his Bachelor of Architecture from the Politecnico di Milano. He has worked on several architectural projects including the new Autodesk offices at MaRS and the Laboratory for Embodied Computation in Princeton campus. His work has been exhibited in internationally renowned venues including the Chicago Biennial, the World Leadership Forum in Davos, the Milan Design Week, the MoMA and the New Museum. Lorenzo lives and works in New York City.

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