Lecture    AB2374
Is Beauty Only Skin Deep? A Computational Approach to the Design of Parametric Exteriors in Autodesk® Revit®
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In this class, we will present case studies of award-winning projects that took a computational approach to exterior design. We will take an in-depth look at how parametric families and components in Autodesk Revit software were used to streamline our fast-paced, iterative design process. Through our project examples, we will share the technical details on how these parametric parts were built and implemented and offer practical advice on what works and what does not work. We will explore a wide range of methods—from traditional families which are aware of their spatial placement and interact with the rest of the building to the latest conceptual design tools. Various projects pose unique challenges. We will show some of the different tactics that we use to reach our goals—from modeling or the use of material properties to traditional families and curtain systems or conceptual design tools. We will also show how the new tools in Revit 2013 help improve and streamline our iterative design process.

Key Learnings

  • Pick the right tool for the job and teach it new tricks
  • Use schedules to drive and document your design
  • Master the use of shared parameters to create synergy between different parts of a building
  • Create complex behaviors in Revit using math and logic



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