World-first technology to generate 3,000 building designs per hour

World-first technology to generate 3,000 building designs per hour

A world-first technology that can generate up to 3,000 apartment building designs per hour in line with local government planning regulations has hit the market, reports The Urban Developer.

Designed by the Institute of Digital Design Australia, the ArchiStar Parametric Site Maximiser was created for developers who are evaluating a new potential site acquisition.

According to the developers, the program can be used across a wide range of platforms, including the computer, mobile and tablet devices.

ArchiStar utilises imagery to generate thousands of potential development projects for sites on a developer’s radar.

“This tool is designed to support developers and architects to be more efficient, maximise their yield and rapidly analyse sites,” Institute of Digital Design spokesperson Robert Coorey said.

“Architects would traditionally have to work things out themselves or pay big money, on a project-to-project basis, for parametric designers to work out the analytics.

“Instead, any project you have, you just simply upload it into the platform and it gives you real-time analytics with no coding required,” he said.

“Perfect for feasibility analysis, it generates more than 3,000-plus building designs.”

The multiple designs are presented in a grid format allowing designers to view multiple concepts for a single site.

Sites can include apartments, townhouses and house and land packages.

“Essentially, [the program] saves developers and architects weeks of manual effort and answers the age-old question: ‘How much yield can we get from this site?’”, says Coorey.

“Instead of spending large sums of money and making architects spend weeks on a few concepts for a development site, developers can generate thousands of different options in matter of hours.

“Most architects will only give you one or two designs, and can take weeks to produce a feasibility report. It’s impossible for an architect to manually go through thousands of potential designs.

Correy, however, is quick to assure architects that ArchiStar will not make them obsolete.

“The conceptual stage … is only one piece of the puzzle,” he said.

“There’s much needed to be done by competent architects before a project can be competed.”

ArchiStar also provides implications for more sustainable, economically-designed, aesthetically-pleasing buildings.

The program takes into account local government planning regulations surrounding a development site. Based on building rules of any given area, ArchiStar-generated development concepts are shaped by the area’s legal limitations and opportunities, shaping the most economically viable project.

The program can also detect sunlight and other external features.

“This allows potential developments to be designed with the maximum number of apartments with unobstructed views and direct sunlight,” Coorey said.

A developer in India used ArchiStar to create an additional 120 apartments with unobstructed views in a recently completed development, with no building design changes.

Locally, an Australian developer successfully fit an extra eight units in a recently completed development with the same outcome.

With an already positive reaction to the technology and a four-week waiting period to get access, the Institute of Digital Design Australia predicts ArchiStar will soon be ready for larger urban planning functionalities like public space, mixed-use developments and retail.