Our project is going on the final phase right now. All of our members are working hard on the final prototype for future smart living, which can be a virtual platform connecting the construction and housing company with the end-users in new and existing apartments.

From the viewpoint of architecture, I see a huge potential for inhabitants to get involved in this open data collecting platform. It is not only about controlling your smart house, but also concerning about your actual needs  during months and years. These huge packages of data will be a perfect resource for investors, developers, urban planners and architects. 

Imagine in the next ten year, before moving in a new flat or investigating other flats in the market, you can give your living data to the network, decide how big is your flat and which value is on the high priority list. Why you don't get a YIT account in our network? Then you can contribute to the whole process from today, not a far future. 

I find a good reference about "Data driven architecture" from Zach Soflin:

The concept about data-driven design has been discussed more frequently these years. We are living in the web 2.0 era when everyday there is a huge flow of data available in the network.
The new landscape of computing and the so-called “web 2.0” era make it possible to measure all kinds of changing circumstances. We can aggregate data about the energy performance of whole networks of buildings, and this information can inform what we design now. We can better understand dynamic components like traffic, parking use, and water management. But we can also experiment by changing the relationship of zoning rules about retail store size to encourage local retailers. The ability to measure multiple things at once means that the same tools that we use to design can be used to evaluate, and ultimately to prescribe new regulations that foster better cities.  
Source: http://www.northeastern.edu

Data Driven Architecture

One of the largest resources we have today is data. We have information on almost every measurable subject. But what do we do with it? This project explores how data can directly influence architectural form. The results of this exploration into data driven architecture is that of an automated system that based on its location, users, and surrounding data can produce an efficient and performative building. Not necessarily performative in purely the ecological sense but rather performative in all measured ways to satisfaction, circulation efficiency, types of program,
THE TOWER:Residential towers seem to grow anywhere and everywhere in an urban context. Stacked floors with similar floor plans for every unit. But what if you could layout your own unit? What if you paid for exactly what you wanted and nothing else? 

Zach Soflin - Data Driven Architecture
An app was developed so users could do this. The app begins with collecting information about the user and what their priorities are. This includes showing the user views from different sides and heights of the building and asking their opinion, finding how important a quick elevator ride is to you, and many others. Since you are not buying a specific unit on the tower, this first portion of the app is meant to find the users overall preferences when it comes to their unit location on the tower.

The second portion of the app is a visual layout of a typical unit (either corner or standard depending on which you prefer). Here the user begins to program their unit by placing living rooms, dining rooms, kitchens, bedrooms, patio space,  etc. and choosing their sizes. As stated before users begin with 6 modules (5 open ones and 1 unchanging utility module). They can then move outward depending on how much space they need. While all of these design decisions are being made in the app, the program is keeping a running total of cost which is assigned to all aspects of this process. For example, if a user wants to move outward 4 modules they can, but the further they move out, the more expensive each square foot becomes. This is to cover the additional cost for structure that is a result of the cantilever. The running total is always in view of the user so they can keep tabs on their cost and make sure they are staying within their budget.
Once all of the units for the tower are laid out and sold, the tower begins its optimization process. This process works by placing all units at a default location. Each priority given by the user is tested and given a score. The units are then moved randomly at first to give the program an idea of the possible solutions. Through an evolutionary optimization process the units are moved, priorities tested, and scored then repeated. This continues until the program reaches a solution it believes scores the best possible. This becomes the towers final geometry and the construction process can begin.

Fusing these two frameworks delivers a unique building tightly and directly connected to its context and to its users. This program can take any given location and data from users and lay out a unique form based directly on its context and its users in a matter of minutes. Therefore this same system could be applied with minimal effort anywhere in the world and produce a unique contextual product.

What makes a building smarter?

Finally, I hope you can get a piece of the future landscape when we have all the potential to decide how we live and release us from all daily restraints. Our concept with this Demola prototye is just the very early step towards the bright future.
No building is an island

A smarter building doesn’t stop at the four walls that surround it. It’s important to consider how a building can interact with and be affected by its surroundings—its externalities.

IBM Smarter City 
- Chau Nguyen -

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