Playing with Energetic Supermodels

Matt Jezyk and I are sneaking in a late arriving Lab class for AU 2011.  Check your schedules and head over Wednesday night at 5pm.

Autodesk® Project Vasari: Playing with Energetic Supermodels

Class ID: AB9660-L

  • Class Information
  • Class Type: Hands-On Lab
  • Primary Track: Architecture and Building Design
  • Other Tracks: Design Leadership
  • Primary Software: Autodesk Revit Architecture
  • Primary Speaker: Matt Jezyk
  • Co-Speaker: Zach Kron

Class Audience

Designers who are interesting in learning more about Revit, professionals who focus on creation of advanced parametric models and early design schemes, and parametric design enthusiasts who like to say "You can’t do that in Revit."

Class Description

In this hands-on lab, you will explore experimental tools and workflows using Autodesk Project Vasari. Project Vasari connects the parametric modeling capabilities of Autodesk Revit® with many of the analysis and simulation capabilities available in Autodesk Ecotect® Analysis and Autodesk Green Building Studio. You will also learn about and use new performance-based design tools available from Autodesk Labs. First, you will create a few parametric building models and simulations. Next, the class will cover more advanced topics, such as how to create automated feedback loops. You will explore workflows where changes you make to the model cause changes in the simulation results, which then drive changes back into the model. You will use both out-of-the-box tools and add-ons currently under development to create parametric building models that respond to environmental conditions through both automatic and semi-automatic feedback loops.

Key Learning
  • Use advanced adaptive components and curtain panel techniques
  • Combined parametric modeling with analysis to help drive decisions early in the design process
  • Describe new types of analysis and simulation that are now accessible to building designers
  • Create feedback loops to enable analysis results to make changes to the building model


Increment Sketch

I was having a conversation recently with someone about how “no one sketches anymore”.  I find that hard to believe . . . maybe people have different ideas of what sketching is.  There’s probably a range of “notes”, “drawing”, “doodle”,  “throw away model”, and “draft” that fits inside the idea of sketching.  While I don’t find my own sketches particularly beautiful,  they are usually essential to the process of making just about anything.  I don’t think I’ve ever succeeded in making any kind of reasonably complex parametric model without some amount of paper and pencil foundation work.

Here’s some stuff I was thinking about getting ready for this post on incrementing.