Working within a parametric interface with a genetic algorithm solver has been a real treat over the past year, thanks to Galapagos. The integration of simulation engines with the parametric interface has enabled much discovery and introspection into the possibilities that such a workflow could enable. Here is a test that I did last month generating an optimal solar envelope for a high rise building that maintained the volume, area and height of the initial volume within a given solution space.
Now integrating structural analysis tools and energy simulation as a component of my thesis project. If you're still in the academic world, I hope you have a great remainder of the semester as things kick into high gear.
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