School of Architecture, Graduate Architecture and Urban Design

Students: Luz Wallace, Runxue Guo, Zhen Bai, Kaixiang Zhang, Sirinya Wutthilaohaphan, Dian Luo
Faculty: Meta Brunzman


What if the design process is made by only the most powerful?
What if the design process was democratized and open?

How do we change the way we design now? In the world of design, there are many possibilities. It takes time, even to get just one design solution. It takes even longer to find the best one. With many factors to consider, some factors object one another. In this fast-spinning world, efficiency and optimization is everything. Every party, whether they are stakeholders, clients, end-users or designers, all want the best solution that meets all criteria, done in a timely manner and under budget. What else in the digital era can satisfy those constraints, if not the technology itself? An up and coming computer calculating program named Wallacei_x is brought in to help design and visualize an urban solution for residential communities. In the end, it was hoped that Wallacei_x would be the tool helping with communication and collaboration between end-users, designers and developers to take action in designing the planning stage.

This image is the best result we got based on the Wallacei analysis. We put three fitness objectives in this project: the total amount of preserved trees, FAR, and total radiation area. This result is based on all three factors.
The diagrams are showing how communities can use this software to control each factor. In which they can adjust the design based on each person’s needs.


Link to student documentation