Project overview

The potential benefits of building with more efficient structural forms are huge. The overall aim of this research project is to develop rapid and robust computational design optimization methods to identify efficient layouts of elements in building structures, particularly large-scale structures. This will enable construction professionals to rapidly evaluate and optimize structural layouts, with a view to stimulating fundamental change in the way new buildings are designed - and to less resource hungry buildings.

What is the optimal form for a tall building? We don’t know...
— William Baker, Skidmore Owings and Merrill, Lecture at the Harvard Graduate School
The significant design decision is not how big is the beam to be, but rather to have a beam.
— Sir Alan Harris, Co-founder, Harris & Sutherland