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Environmental Feedback in an Iterative Design-process

Leung, C; Croxford, B; (2007) Environmental Feedback in an Iterative Design-process. In: Leong, Y and Lasker, GE, (eds.) (Proceedings) The 19th International Conference on Systems Research, Informatics and Cybernetics. (pp. pp. 25-30). The International Institute for Advanced Studies: Tecumseh, Canada. Green open access

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Abstract

This paper is an account of a practice-led project carried out during an “architects’ residence” in Kielder in the North of the UK, between 2003-2006. It describes how a systems-based approach was applied to cycle through the design-process iteratively. The aim was to fabricate an object embodying a mechanical mechanism that would visibly respond to the diurnal cycle of environmental change found in microclimates in Kielder. An evaluation of the object’s behaviour was carried out based on environmental metrics. The iterative process of building and monitoring prototypes suggests a design methodology that incorporates “as-built and operated” evidence into the design process. Initially, the design of the object was investigated using virtual models that served as descriptions of the finished object due to be placed on sites in Kielder. In an iterative approach to design with physically fabricated prototypes, there is the opportunity to capture and use feedback to develop the design and location of a prototype in the subsequent iteration. This paper discusses the methodology implemented in a case-study project and how information returning across the real-to-virtual threshold became design intelligence used in the next iteration. The collection of empirical data by “design probes” [Sheil and Leung, 2005] was coupled with a computer simulation; two feedback loops were identified, one informing model validation the other, objective validation. An iterative methodology is proposed to revise objectives, to re-model solutions, to re-synthesise outcomes and to re-locate on-site between iterations based on feedback from the ’as-built and operated’ data.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Environmental Feedback in an Iterative Design-process
Event: The 19th International Conference on Systems Research, Informatics and Cybernetics
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Data-driven modelling, design-process, passive-actuation, responsive system
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Bartlett School Env, Energy and Resources
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > The Bartlett School of Architecture
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/118368
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