An evo-devo approach to architectural design

Richards, Daniel, Dunn, Nick and Amos, Martyn (2012) An evo-devo approach to architectural design. In: Proceedings of the fourteenth international conference on Genetic and evolutionary computation conference - GECCO '12. Association for Computing Machinery, pp. 569-576. ISBN 978-1-4503-1177-9

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We present a developmental genotype-phenotype growth process, or embryogeny, which is used to evolve, in silico, efficient three-dimensional structures that exhibit real-world architectural performance. The embryogeny defines a sequential assembly of architectural components within a three-dimensional volume, and indirectly establishes a regulatory network of components based on the principles of gene regulation. The implicitly regulated phenotypes suggest advances for the automatic design of physical structures, by improving scalability of the genotype encoding and embedding real-world constraints. We demonstrate that our model can evolve novel, yet efficient, architectural structures which exhibit emergent shape, topology and material distribution. Finally, we compare evolved structures against a "hand-coded" solution to illustrate that our model produces competitive results without prior knowledge of the design solution or direct human guidance.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Artificial Embryogeny, Morphogenetic Engineering, Architectural Design, Self-Organization, Computational Design Synthesis
Subjects: G400 Computer Science
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Computer and Information Sciences
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 20 Feb 2019 10:00
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2021 12:48

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