Simulation is now used routinely to appraise and optimise pre-existing design strategies. However, the promise of successfully balancing the power of simulation and distributed intelligence at the early stages of conceptual ideation with the power of lateral, non-linear intuitive design, remains elusive.
Physics-based form finding simulations are becoming commonplace and can be deemed appropriate when structure is the overarching priority. Nevertheless, in practice, a range of engineering performance criteria and more autonomous architectural concerns all compete for priority, and each requires more intelligent interaction across scales to resolve.
Here we present research into new design frameworks for urban design and intervention, where architectural intentions are simulated in distributed systems; scenarios where the design team and collaborators participate in real time, adjusting input data and, more importantly, interacting with the formal consequences.