Emerging Possibilities of Testing and Simulation Methods and Techniques in Contemporary Construction Teaching, Transactions on Architectural Education No 37 pages:127-134
EAAE-ENHSA Construction Teachers' Workshop edition:6 location:Mons (Belgium) date:22-23 November 2007
Most important design decisions are taken in the early stage of design and thus merits most of our attention and research efforts. However a computerized system which provides the right information to an architect at the right time while designing, which is part of his designerly way of thinking, still is missing today. Is it utopian or just not feasible to build such a system? Closest to this ambition was the idea to create an integrated design environment. One of these was initiated at the Design & Building Methodology research group at the K.U.Leuven (Belgium) in the beginning of the 90-ies. Design methodology has learned that there is not a single design method for architects, but rather a collection of approaches. After studying the design activity of many architects, a conceptual model was elaborated, which has the ambition to cope with a considerable subset of design approaches and at the same time remaining open enough not to trap in the pitfall of software for closed building systems.
This article describes the reasoning behind this conceptual design model and how it proposes to enhance Building Information Modeling, through the integration of evaluation tests into a design environment.