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


  1. I am really bummed. I would love to take this, but I am teaching at the same time. Any chance you could run Camtasia in the background and record it?

  2. Good idea, we'll see what we can do . . .

  3. "Create feedback loops to enable analysis results to make changes to the building model"

    Would be awesome to see this on line -

  4. Full in two days? Must be a new record. Yes, please try to record, even though this is atypical of labs, it will still be useful.

  5. I would file for this family of

  6. Giang, , the file is available for download from here:

  7. Sorry for my english is not good. Had I done as you and I are doing your students. I'm drawing a roof space. but since I do not know much more about the whole argument fails.
    You have a way to adjust the grid is not focused on a roof without intersects no points?

  8. I was there and it was awesome, easily the best event at Autodesk University. Great job pulling this together! Matt and Zach, along with Ian Keough have pointed the way to the future of digital design.

    Dynamo is the most important development in digital design since Grasshopper. It has buttons (functioning?) for Arduino and Kinnect. Autodesk ought to put on an annual event (like Smart Geometry in the early '00s) as a way of catalyzing development and usage of this very promising tool.

    And much credit goes to the Vasari team for recognizing the importance of their data and keeping the API open.

    Thanks guys,

  9. and i can say that i was there when....

  10. and I missed it... was it recorded?

  11. "Autodesk ought to put on an annual event (like Smart Geometry in the early '00's)"...

    Smartgeometry is still going - bigger and better, and not limited to one software system. Members been working with Kinect since a month after it was hacked (prior to the Microsoft SDK), arduino since 2009, and generally mashing together the various bits of design and interaction technology for many years.

    Check out the Barcelona and Copenhagen events...

    Not meaning to say Dynamo isn't great (it is!), but it isn't the only new tool in the shed. I am just glad to see so many designers jumping into tool-building as a way to develop new methods of design.

    Designer as tool-builder - this is the future - and Ian's work with Dynamo is a perfect example. I am very glad to see Autodesk is recognizing this and supporting the community!


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