Evolutionary Optimisation of Façade Design

A New Approach for the Design of Building Envelopes

  • Giovanni Zemella
  • Andrea Faraguna

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Giovanni Zemella, Andrea Faraguna
    Pages 1-32
  3. Giovanni Zemella, Andrea Faraguna
    Pages 33-63
  4. Giovanni Zemella, Andrea Faraguna
    Pages 65-88
  5. Giovanni Zemella, Andrea Faraguna
    Pages 89-119
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 121-121

About this book


Optimization techniques offer immense potential for the improvement of performance-driven design, since they allow the adoption of an holistic approach. This can lead to great advantages: optimal design solutions can be properly identified only if all criteria are considered at the same time, rather than separately. There are two barriers which obstruct optimization from being applied to building design: a technological barrier (applying the algorithms is not easy and can be quite time-consuming) and a cultural one (architects and engineers are required to change their perspectives as the design process has to be handled in a new way). This book explores these barriers from the perspective of both engineers and architects, and proposes a change in the attitudes of these two “actors”: an engineer and an architect develop a dialog which helps them understand each other’s perspective; in this way they find how they must both make a step forward.


Evolutionary Optimization Green Architecture Optimal Design Solutions Optimization Techniques Performance-driven Design

Authors and affiliations

  • Giovanni Zemella
    • 1
  • Andrea Faraguna
    • 2
  1. 1.Ove Arup & PartnersLondonUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.USI Academy of ArchitectureMendrisioSwitzerland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag London 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, London
  • eBook Packages Energy
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4471-5651-2
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4471-5652-9
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