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Computational Methods in Architecture, Urban Design and Planning

The OTP is maintained by the Bauhaus-University Weimar. It contains video-based courses and modules provided by the Bauhaus-University Weimar, the Future Cities Lab / FCL, and the Austrian Institute of Technology / AIT

Courses

Students of the Bauhaus-University Weimar who are inscribed in courses via BISON, please use the category “Uni Weimar”.
External guests can only access open courses, therefore please use the category “Open Courses”. All courses are free of charge, but you need to register.

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User-Centered Architectural Design :: UCAD 21.2

In this seminar, we will examine methods for the quantitative analysis of architectural space (visibility, accessibility & daylight) and examine in how far these quantities relate to human behavior. Further you learn methods for conducting Virtual Reality based User Studies.

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Parametric Building Information Modeling :: PBIM 21.2

In this seminar we will examine the possibilities of parameterization of building information models. The software used is Revit and the PlugIn Dynamo.

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GIS Basics for Integrated Urban Development :: GIS 21.2

In this course, we introduce you to the Geographic Information Systems (GIS). We deal with different spatial and attribute data to be able to create a geographical database, edit it, analysis it and visualise it. The course introduces different practices and applications of GIS in the wider context of urban development.

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Virtual Reality Evaluation :: VREVAL Open

The course introduces you to the concept of user-centered design. The workflow for a 3D architectural model usability study is shown with the Virtual Reality Evaluation :: VREVAL tool.

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Parametric Urban Design and Analysis:: PUDA 21.2

In this course, you will first learn to create parametric models, that allow you to quickly generate a large number of design variants. Secondly, you will get introduced to spatial analysis methods in order to identify different qualities of the generated urban forms.

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Browser Space: Introduction to Programming with p5.js :: BSP5 21.1

The course introduces the fundamentals of p5.js as a language and coding environment for working with basic data types and visualizations of agent behavior in the browser.

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Integrated Urbanism :: 21.1

In this design studio we will develop integrated planning strategies for a small city in rural Ethiopia. Therefore we will use the food, water and mobility as a starting points for an integrated sustainable urban development.

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User-Centered Architectural Design :: UCAD 21.1

In this seminar, we will examine methods for the quantitative analysis of architectural space (visibility, accessibility & daylight) and examine in how far these quantities relate to human behavior. Further you learn methods for conducting Virtual Reality based User Studies.

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Computational Urban Analysis :: CUA 21.1

In this course, you will learn methods for the quantitative analysis of urban space (such as density, accessibility, visibility) and examine in how far these quantities relate to real-life phenomena.

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Parametric Architectural and Urban Design :: PAUD 21.1

The course aims to support both Architects and Urban Designers with basic knowledge of the software, as well as, different methods for designing buildings and city geometries.  This will include theoretical knowledge for algorithmic thinking as well as practical exercises for parametric algorithms.

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Land Use and Traffic Simulation :: LUTS Open

We introduce you to public spaces, street networks and their analysis for urban design, as well as to models for simulating the process of land use distributions and the corresponding traffic flows.

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Free

Spatial Analysis with BIM :: SAB Open

This course introduces spatial analysis methods (daylight, visibility, and accessibility) in order to identify different (human-centered) qualities of architectural spaces and urban form.

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Free

Introduction to Building Information Modeling :: BIM Open

The course introduces you to the possibilities of parameterization of building information models. We use the software Revit with the PlugIn Dynamo.

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Free

Web Maps & Augmented Reality :: WAR Open

The course introduces creating an augmented reality model and a web map from a Rhino3D/Grasshopper model.

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Environmental Analysis with Grasshopper :: EAG Open

The course introduces environmental analysis methods using the software Grasshopper for Rhino 3D. It covers the analysis of solar radiation, sunlight hours, outdoor thermal comfort, and wind. 

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Urban Flooding Analysis :: UFA Open

This course is dedicated to flooding resilience. It introduces you to rain-runoff simulation and evaluation by using Rhino3D/Grasshopper. The goal of the course is to use GIS data to develop urban designs that are resilient against heavy rainfall and pluvial flooding.

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Free

Parametric Urban Design & Analysis :: PUDA Open

In this course, you will first learn to create parametric models, that allow to quickly generate a large number of design variants. Secondly, you will get introduced to spatial analysis methods in order to identify different qualities of the generated urban forms.

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Circular Urbanism :: CU 20.1

In the project we analyze urban patterns and flows of small cities, learn about urban metabolism and its spatial implications and apply various tools and methods for spatial analysis and finally implement that knowledge to simulate possible urban development scenarios using parametric models.

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Free

Evolutionary Design Methods :: EDM Open

In this course, you are introduced to Evolutionary Algorithms and their application for your design or planning project. We use various components in Grasshopper (Galapagos, Octopus, Opossum, Wallacei) that provide algorithms for single and multi-criteria optimization.

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Free

Introduction to Parametric Design :: IPD Open

In this course, we introduce you to the Parametric Design using Grasshopper and Rhino3D software. You learn how to establish your algorithmic design and thinking method. This knowledge is required as a basis for other courses on the OTP in order to implement or customize urban design models or to generate complex geometries.

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Free

Urban Modeling and Simulation :: UMS Basic Open

In this course, we introduce you to the basic theories of models and systems, as well as to urban simulation methods with Grasshopper for Rhino 3D. We model spatial systems on different abstraction levels and integrate computational analysis methods for urban fabric and models for interactions between land uses.

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Introduction to Scripting with C# for Grasshopper in Rhino3D :: ISC Open

In this course, we introduce you to the programming language C#, which we use as a scripting language in Grasshopper for Rhino3D. This scripting knowledge is necessary to have more control of your Grasshopper definition.

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Urban Modeling and Simulation :: UMS 21.2

In this course, we introduce you to the basic theories of models and systems, as well as to urban simulation methods based on scripting techniques with C# in Grasshopper for Rhino 3D. We model spatial systems on different abstraction levels focussing on models for interactions between land uses.

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Evolutionary Design Methods :: EDM 21.1

In this course, you are introduced to Evolutionary Algorithms and their application for your design or planning project. We use various components in Grasshopper (Galapagos, Octopus, Opossum, Wallacei) that provide algorithms for single and multi-criteria optimization.

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Free

Urban Modeling and Simulation :: UMS Advanced Open

In this course, you learn to work with advanced urban modeling and simulation techniques based and system dynamics methods. We deal with the modeling of complex spatial systems on the regional and urban level. In this context, computational analysis methods for urban fabric and models for computing interactions between land uses are introduced.

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