Paul Poinet: Multi Scalar Modelling for Building Design

Paul Poinet
Mette Ramsgaard Thomsen, Martin Tamke
Buro Happold designtoproduction

Investigating multi scale modelling principles for architectural design. Multi-scale modelling is an interdisciplinary research topic in which systems are modelled at multiple scales and interfaced enabling the modelling of low scale systems to parametrisise and inform high scale systems.

The project investigate multi scalar modelling as a means to support iterative build-up of knowledge in the design process in which highly specified material simulations interface with open ended design models. Using timber (sustainable and renewable material resource) the project will examine how simulating material performance at low level can be used to inform structural performance at high level.

The project is highly interdisciplinary and uses event based simulation frameworks from mathematics, computer science and engineering to analyse and interface domain specific knowledge.

Expected Results
New design led methods for supporting feedback between material and structural scales.

Planned Secondments
Buro Happold mth 12-16, designtoproduction mth 24-28.
Purpose: To embed the development of multi scalar design methodologies in existing methods for analysing and control structural performance. To examine inter-scalar performance in novel structural systems including timber grid shells.