This article reports on an ongoing academic and professional collaboration to develop and test computational, performance-based design methods, and to discover and develop design talent skilled in using them. We used the specific experiential, environmental, and economic challenges of mixed-use high-rise Living Building projects in Seattle as a context for exploration. We leveraged Perkins+Will’s Design Space Construction (DSC) performance-based computational framework, and University of Washington curricular initiatives. The collaboration achieved several outcomes, including: advanced development of DSC Workflows and adapted them to the Living Building, high-rise, and University of Washington research contexts; explored how to teach these methods, and to apply them in the creative programming and form finding processes; discovered constraints and opportunities in living high-rise building design spaces; and developed talent capable of executing these methods, and transforming our industry and organizations.
This article originally appeared in Vol 10.02 of the Perkins+Will Research Journal. CLICK HERE to see the whole article.