Tallinn University of Technology

Regenerating the city. Performance-driven and simulation-based computational design for sustainable cities and communities

Nowadays, sustainability is in the agenda of most of countries and international organizations. Among the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations, Goal 11 Sustainable Cities and Communities sets specific targets for cities adopting solutions for inclusion, safety, resource efficiency, resilience, mitigation and adaptation to climate change. Further, is increasingly evident among designers and researchers that design methods and solutions doing less harm or with a neutral effect on the environment are not sufficient anymore. A holistic approach is necessary in designing for a positive effect for human health and natural systems as a whole to develop sustainable architecture design solutions as well as regenerative and resilient cities. Computational design allows us to develop workflows considering built environment, humans and natural systems as a whole, integrating simulations as bio-climatic, environmental, materials, energy, behavior and use, and performance as usability, structural, fabrication, comfort, health, and costs, at multiple scales. The symposium and workshops will be a moment of exploration and experimentation of new concepts, methods, and solutions to create a positive impact on the urban environment and the city, humans, and the natural environment, taking advantage of computational design potential of integrating performance-driven and simulation-based workflows. Additionally, at the symposium, we will explore the potential of computational design in proposing a new architectural paradigm through performance and simulation. Particular emphasis will be given to research showing innovative holistic, multi-disciplinary, multi-domain, multi-scale, and multi-objective approaches to guide and support the scientific and design community at large to design sustainable cities and communities.

You are invited to submit papers regarding the symposium theme. Topics include, though are not limited to:

  • Performance and simulation-based digital workflows
  • Indoor and outdoor co-simulation workflows
  • Climate change adaptation and mitigation 
  • Building-neighborhood-district scale simulation integration
  • Simulation for regenerative design and urban resilience
  • Simulation of green and blue infrastructure solutions 
  • Simulation-based parametric and generative design
  • Simulation-based optimization and ML processes
  • Co-simulation workflows for positive energy districts
  • Simulation and performance in architecture education
  • Performance and simulation-based digital fabrication
  • Building Information Modeling for simulation and performance
  • Digital twins, city modeling, smart cities, and GIS
  • Simulation-based collaborative and participatory design
  • Human-computer interaction, VR and AR.