Feb
28
5:00 PM17:00

Tenure Track Faculty Candidate Lecture - CFA 214

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The School of Architecture will host a lecture by Tenure Track Faculty Candidate #2 on Wednesday 28 February 2018 beginning at 5:00pm in CFA 214. SoA students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend.

The presentation will be followed by a question and answer session for the candidate and current faculty at 6:30pm in CFA 206A.

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Mar
13
2:00 PM14:00

CFA Staff Awards

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After a long hiatus, the CFA Staff Awards are back!  More information and nomination forms will be sent via email the week of 12 February 2018. 

Please show your support by nominating your fellow staff members and attending the ceremony in the Kresge Theatre to cheer them on! Dessert reception in the Alumni Concert Hall to immediately follow the ceremony.

Any questions?  Contact the CFA Staff Advocates at cfa-staff@andrew.cmu.edu.

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Mar
27
6:30 PM18:30

CMUThink Pittsburgh: Greening the Urban Environment

CMUThink Pittsburgh: Greening the Urban Environment

Featuring:
Dana Cupkova, Assistant Professor of Architecture, College of Fine Arts
Albert Presto (E 2005), Associate Research Professor of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering

As more people concentrate in urban areas, it is increasingly imperative that the systems that make a city function adapt to become healthier, sustainable and more responsive to changes in the environment. Join CMU faculty members Dana Cupkova and Albert Presto (E 2005) to learn how they are addressing this challenge by developing new approaches to sustainable, adaptive architecture and investigating the health impacts of air pollution, respectively. 

Dana Cupkova, assistant professor of architecture, will discuss her research into the relationship between design-space and ecology, developing new approaches to architecture that respond to specific climate and socio-political conditions while being tightly coupled with flow of resources, thermodynamic behaviors and human experiences. 

Albert Presto, associate research professor of mechanical engineering, will discuss his research into the effects of “grills and grilles” on air pollution exposure in urban environments.

CMUThink Pittsburgh is part of CMUThink, a program of the Carnegie Mellon University Alumni Association that provides intellectual experience for alumni. 
 
Space is limited, and registration is required. Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. ET on Sunday, March 25.

More information at: http://www.alumni.cmu.edu/cmuthinkpgh

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Mar
29
12:00 PM12:00

Storing Research: Understanding Your Options - CUC Danforth Conference Room

ETD Workshop Series: Planning for Your Thesis & Dissertation
Event registrations now open. All sessions are held 12:00-1:30pm in the Danforth Room, Cohon University Center. Click on each session to learn more. Registration is required at cmu.edu/graduate.

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Apr
3
to Apr 6

CMU Energy Week: Investing in Our Energy Future

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Interested in Energy? Then Carnegie Mellon’s Energy Week is for you! Save the date for Energy Week 2018, 4-6 April.

Join energy thought leaders from industry, government, academia, and the nonprofit sector to engage and collaborate on energy research, trends, innovative technologies, and opportunities.

Key Events:
03 April | Energy Industry Career Fair
04 April | Kickoff, Keynotes, Evening VIP Panel
05 April | Investor Forum
06 April | Allegheny Cleantech University Prize Collegiate Competition

More information and registration at cmuenergyweek.org.

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Apr
5
6:30 PM18:30

CMUThink Chicago: It Can Be Easy Being Green

CMUThink Chicago: It Can Be Easy Being Green

Featuring:
Erica Cochran Hameen (A 2009, 2014), Assistant Professor of Architecture, College of Fine Arts
Ryan Sullivan, Associate Professor of Chemistry and Mechanical Engineering, Mellon College of Science and College of Engineering

As the world faces the challenge of a changing climate, understanding the underlying causes is critical to developing sustainable urban environments. Join CMU faculty members Ryan Sullivan and Erica Cochran Hameen (A 2009, 2014) to learn how they’re improving our understanding of and response to climate change through environmental chemistry and green design. 

Erica Cochran Hameen, assistant professor of architecture, will discuss her research on developing solutions to create sustainable, healthy and energy efficient schools, office buildings, cities and public spaces. 

Ryan Sullivan, associate professor of mechanical engineering and chemistry, will discuss his research on the ways in which air pollution changes the atmosphere’s chemistry, clouds and climate.

CMUThink Chicago is part of CMUThink, a program of the Carnegie Mellon University Alumni Association that provides intellectual experiences for alumni. 
 
Space is limited, and registration is required. Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. ET on Tuesday, April 3.

More information at:http://www.alumni.cmu.edu/cmuthinkchicago

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Apr
12
7:00 AM07:00

Build Pittsburgh 2018 - David L. Lawrence Convention Center

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Build Pittsburgh 2018

Build Pittsburgh, AIA Pittsburgh’s annual continuing education conference and exhibitor show, brings together a community of architects and built industry professionals to engage in institutional learning. Build Pittsburgh also provides an opportunity to interact, network, and connect with all aspects of the built industry. Last year, over 400 design/build professionals attended Build Pittsburgh. Learn more and stay posted for additional information.

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Apr
17
12:00 PM12:00

Introduction to Version Control - CUC Danforth Conference Room

ETD Workshop Series: Planning for Your Thesis & Dissertation
Event registrations now open. All sessions are held 12:00-1:30pm in the Danforth Room, Cohon University Center. Click on each session to learn more. Registration is required at cmu.edu/graduate.

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Apr
19
to Apr 25

SoA Thesis Exhibition - Miller Gallery

2018 ARCHITECTURE THESIS EXHIBIT

19-25 April 2018: Exhibition
20 April, 6:00-8:00pm: Reception
20-21 April: Project Reviews

A unique opportunity to explore final thesis projects from CMU Architecture Seniors, this exhibition features architectural ideas developed to investigate contemporary issues and operate critically within the discipline. During the exhibit, students will present their work for discussion and critique.

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Apr
20
6:00 PM18:00

SoA Thesis Exhibition Reception - Miller Gallery

2018 ARCHITECTURE THESIS EXHIBIT

19-25 April 2018: Exhibition
20 April, 6:00-8:00pm: Reception
20-21 April: Project Reviews

A unique opportunity to explore final thesis projects from CMU Architecture Seniors, this exhibition features architectural ideas developed to investigate contemporary issues and operate critically within the discipline. During the exhibit, students will present their work for discussion and critique.

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Feb
22
10:00 AM10:00

Interchange - MMCH 312

Interchange is a recruiting event for the School of Architecture where we invite you to tour our labs and studios to view design and research work by students from our B.Arch, eight Masters and four Doctoral programs.

Interchange will be hosted on 22 February 2018 in partnership with the Creative Arts Career Fair on 22-23 February 2018. Come to meet, greet, and visit our pop-up student showcase, where you can view and experience our work first hand, and conduct on-site interviews.

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Feb
21
5:00 PM17:00

Tenure Track Faculty Candidate Lecture - CFA 214

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The School of Architecture will host a lecture by Tenure Track Faculty Candidate #1 on Wednesday 21 February 2018 beginning at 5:00pm in CFA 214. SoA students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend.

The presentation will be followed by a question and answer session for the candidate and current faculty at 6:30pm in CFA 206A.

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Feb
19
12:00 PM12:00

What to Expect at the CAOC - MMCH 203

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Jimmy Fabrizio from the CMU Career Center will give a presentation entitled "What to Expect at the CAOC" in preparation for the Creative Arts Opportunities Conference (CAOC) on Thursday 22 February.

Please plan to attend and learn more about these important events. There are over 51 employers already registered, 25 from the creative arts. PIZZA WILL BE PROVIDED!

Also be sure to upload your profile and portfolio to the Interchange website. Employers will be reviewing your profiles before attending these events.

Please reach out to Kristen Frambes at kframbes@andrew.cmu.edu to let her know if you plan to attend so that she can plan for the food accordingly. Reach out to Kristen or Jimmy at jfabriz1@andrew.cmu.edu with any questions.

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Feb
17
8:00 PM20:00

Lunar Gala 2018: FEROX - Cohon University Center

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Lunar Gala is a student-run organization at Carnegie Mellon University invested in cultivating interdisciplinary creative talent within the community.

Originally created in 1997 to ring in the Chinese New Year, Lunar Gala has transformed into a highly anticipated event that hundreds hope to be part of and thousands hope to come see. While staying true to its original intent, it has developed into a much larger production and has become a more impactful organization to the CMU and Pittsburgh community. Every year, the theme of the show is centered around the Zodiac animal of the lunar calendar.

Now, Lunar Gala is arguably one of the largest fashion events in Pittsburgh, having sold out over 1200 seats each year with 140+ students involved in producing, designing, modeling, and dancing in the show. Students across all majors and cultures create original and creative lines, infusing technology and complex materials with wearable fashion. Last year, 17 design teams created nearly 150 looks that incorporated mood sensing Intel chips, zip ties, sheet metal, and much more into lines that reflected culture, technology, and reactions to current events in society today.

More information | Buy your tickets here

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Feb
15
6:30 PM18:30

CMoA Third Thursday in Hall of Architecture

Join Dutch architect Luc Merx in the Hall of Architecture at 6:30pm on Thursday 15 February for a talk about his work and the history of plaster cast collections, free with museum admission. Stay afterward for CMOA's monthly Third Thursday, with gallery activities led by Merx and students from this semester's Low-Relief Studio with Josh Bard. Admission to CMoA free for CMU students.

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Feb
13
12:00 PM12:00

Extend Your Research Output with Metadata - CUC Danforth Conference Room

ETD Workshop Series: Planning for Your Thesis & Dissertation
Event registrations now open. All sessions are held 12:00-1:30pm in the Danforth Room, Cohon University Center. Click on each session to learn more. Registration is required at cmu.edu/graduate.

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Feb
12
5:00 PM17:00

NCARB Presentation: Designing Your Future - CFA 214

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NCARB Presentation - Designing Your Future: Creating Value in Your Career

Join a representative from the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) for a presentation about your career in architecture, licensure, and beyond.

Patricia Ramallo, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C & Homes, CPHD – Manager, Experience + Education will lead the discussion on topics including:

  • The entities involved in the licensure process
  • How to progress successfully through the Architectural Experience Program™ (AXP™)
  • Brief overview of the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®)
  • Recent changes to NCARB programs
  • The value of the NCARB Certificate

The presentation will also cover tips to making a successful transition from school to work and pursuing licensure once employed. Following the presentation there will be a question and answer session.

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Jan
26
11:30 AM11:30

Lumion Lunch & Learn - CFA 206A

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All SoA students are invited to join us on Friday 26 January in CFA 206A from 11:30am-12:30pm for a Lunch & Learn session featuring a demo and Q&A on the Lumion rendering software. Pizza will be served!

Discover the fastest rendering solution with jaw-dropping results. It’s free, unrestricted and based on Lumion 8 Pro. The Lumion Pro Student version is 100% free, and is available for download at LUMION.COM/studentsUSA.html.

Download the brochure for the free student version of Lumion.

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Jan
26
10:00 AM10:00

Lumion Faculty Meeting - CFA 202 Kerr

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SoA Faculty meeting with Q&A and discussion of the Lumion rendering software on Friday 26 January in CFA 202 Kerr Conference Room from 10:00-11:00am.  

Discover the fastest rendering solution with jaw-dropping results. It’s free, unrestricted and based on Lumion 8 Pro. The Lumion Pro Student version is 100% free, and is available for download at LUMION.COM/studentsUSA.html.

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Jan
25
5:00 PM17:00

Burns Night Celebration - CFA Alumni Concert Hall

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All CFA staff and faculty are invited to a Burns Night Celebration sponsored by the CFA Dean’s Office.

Please join us for an evening of Music, Poetry, Song, Food, Drink, and Dance honoring the great Scottish poet Robert Burns.

Thursday, January 25, 2018 from 5:00-7:30pm in the CFA Alumni Concert Hall

Please RSVP to Svenja Drouven (sdrouven@andrew.cmu.edu) by January 17.

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Jan
19
10:00 AM10:00

PhD Dissertation Presentation (Srivastava) - MMCH 409

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PhD-BPD candidate Rohini Srivastava will be presenting her PhD thesis, Integrating Financial, Environmental and Human Capital - the Triple Bottom Line - for High Performance Investments in the Built Environment on Friday 19 January 2018 at 10:00am in MMCH room 409.

Her Advisory Committee, below sincerely hope that you will join us for this presentation, the final step in PhD Candidacy.

Vivian Loftness (Chair), University Professor and Paul Mellon Chair in Architecture
Erica D. Cochran, PhD, Assistant Professor, School of Architecture
Mathew Mehalik, PhD, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Environmental Policy, Heinz College
Robert Sroufe, PhD, Murrin Chair of Global Competitiveness, Duquesne University

 

ABSTRACT

Residential and commercial buildings account for almost 40 % of total U.S. energy consumption and U.S. carbon dioxide emissions (Pew Center, 2009) . Nearly all of the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the residential and commercial sectors can be attributed to energy use in buildings, making high performance energy efficient buildings central to addressing diminishing resources and transitioning to a green economy. However, energy efficiency in buildings receives inadequate attention because first least cost decision-making as opposed to  life cycle cost analysis (Romm, 1999). When life cycle analysis is used, it typically captures only the ‘hard’ financial cost benefits of operational energy and maintenance savings, but rarely includes  environmental capital or human capital savings. This thesis proposes an empirical approach to triple bottom line calculations that integrates the economic, environmental and human cost benefits to accelerate investments in high performance building technologies. The development of a new methodology for capital expenditures in investments in the built environment can provide compelling arguments for decision makers and encourage the widespread adoption of high performance building technologies.

In the first bottom line, this research quantifies the ‘financial’ or capital costs and benefits of high performance building investments, by broadening the category of associated benefits beyond energy savings from an investment (Birkenfeld et al., 2011).  Traditionally, building investment decisions are made using a value engineering approach, which is driven by the agenda of cost reduction rather than valuing the benefit of different alternatives. Using net present value (NPV) and return on investment (ROI) indices, well-known in financial practices, the first bottom line calculation in this thesis moves away from a ‘first least cost’ to a life cycle approach to account for multiple non-energy financial benefits that can directly be quantified for the building decision maker. 

To advance a second bottom line that can be translated into Corporate Sustainability Reporting, the thesis provides a methodology for capturing the environmental benefits of reducing electricity demand related to carbon, air quality and water resources. These calculations are based on three levels of information - electricity fuel sources and power plant quality, the respective air pollution and water consumption consequences, and emerging valuation incentives for pollution reduction.  The methodology focuses on critical greenhouse gases CO2, CH4; SOx;  NOx, as well as particulates and water use, for three global scenarios – an emerging economy such as India, a country with mid-level sustainability goals such as the US, and a leading economy with low carbon growth goals such as the EU - in order to represent the range of environmental impacts of electric energy use. The capital saved by avoiding the environmental impacts of electricity use based on fuel source and mix can thus be added to each kilowatt-hour of electricity saved in a second bottom line calculation.

To advance the third bottom line, this thesis engages a methodology for measuring and quantifying human benefits from building investments based on ongoing development of CMU CBPD's BIDS toolkit.  The methodology is built on the field and laboratory research findings that link high performance building design decisions to human health and individual and organizational productivity. This thesis advances an approach to handling the third bottom line calculations, including an approach to establishing baselines, applying a broad base of laboratory and field findings. Given first cost data from vendors, first bottom line simple paybacks for 12 energy retrofit measures ranges from 2-20 years - with energy and facility management savings. When the environmental benefits are included, simple paybacks were accelerated to 1.5-18 years. Most strikingly, when human benefits are included - from reduced headaches and absenteeism to improved task performance or productivity - paybacks for investments in energy efficiency in US offices are often less than 1 year. 

To support the validity and reliability of results, both quantitative and qualitative methods were used to validate how Triple Bottom Line (TBL) cost benefits might impact and shift decision-making patterns from a least-first-cost approach to an approach that includes TBL information. Field testing of the potential influence on decision makers to move beyond first-cost decision-making to support investments in high performance, energy efficient technologies revealed the positive impact of Triple Bottom Line accounting for decision makers (p<0.05). The introduction of triple bottom line accounting for decision-makers in the built environment may be the most critical catalyst for investments in building energy improvements. 

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Jan
18
10:00 AM10:00

PhD Dissertation Defense (Gannon) - Studio for Creative Inquiry CFA 111

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Ph.D. DEFENSE

TITLE: Human-Centered Interaction for Autonomous Fabrication Machines

BY: Madeline Gannon, PhD-CD Candidate

DATE: Thursday, 18 January 2018
TIME: 10:00am
LOCATION: Studio for Creative Inquiry, College of Fine Arts, Room 111

ADVISORY COMMITTEE:

Dr. Ramesh Krishnamurti, Professor
School of Architecture
Carnegie Mellon University

Golan Levin, Associate Professor
Director, Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry
School of Art

Dr. Aisling Kelliher, Associate Professor
School of Computer Science
Virginia Tech

Dr. Tovi Grossman, Distinguished Research Scientist
Autodesk Research

ABSTRACT:

Computer-controlled fabrication machines have been an essential part of industrial infrastructure since the early 1960s. The unique abilities of these machines — their speed, precision, strength, endurance, and programmability — have long provided a strategic advantage for factory automation. However, today we are witnessing the transition from automated to autonomous systems of production. Now, instead of being restricted to short, repetitive, pre-programmed tasks, fabrication machines are gaining the ability to dynamically see and respond to their changing environment. While this transition represents a significant advancement for manufacturing, it also presents a newfound opportunity to explore human-centered interaction design with these large, potentially dangerous, non-humanoid machines.

In this dissertation, I demonstrate the potential for rebalancing systems of automation to be more inclusive of people. My research examines how to combine intelligent sensing with well-designed interfaces, so that the underlying control framework of a fabrication machine can better understand a human-counterpart. I present three interactive systems that progressively embody a fabrication machine with this contextual information: with Reverb, I develop a framework for embedding machine knowledge into interactive, semi-autonomous geometry; in Tactum, I demonstrate how to adapt this intelligent, fabrication-aware geometry to dynamically changing physical environments; with ExoSkin, I examine the technical challenges of direct, close-quarter interaction with fabrication machines.

Finally, my work culminates with Mimus, a 1,200kg industrial robot that I transformed into a living, breathing mechanical creature. Mimus synthesizes innovations and techniques first developed in Reverb, Tactum, and ExoSkin to illustrate new interaction possibilities when coexisting with autonomous, attentive machines. It re-examines the unique affordances of an industrial robot, and illustrates how an existing tool of automation can be reconfigured to have more meaningful interactions with people. This body of work demonstrates the potential for human-centered interfaces to combine the unique abilities of people and machines in ways to transcend one another’s limitations. In doing so, my research aspires to show how our systems of automation can be reconfigured to enhance, augment, and expand human capabilities — not replace them.

A copy of the dissertation document can be found here.

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Jan
17
5:00 PM17:00

Ruhr Tour Summer Study Trip Info Session - MMCH 303

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A informational session for students interested in the 2018 SoA summer study trip to Germany: Ruhr Tour will take place immediately after studio on Wednesday 17 January at 5:00pm in MMCH 303. 

Applications are now being accepted for the summer Ruhr Tour. The trip takes place from 27 July - 11 August 2018 and focuses on post-industrial landscapes and architectural masterpieces in the Ruhr-Rhine Region and Hamburg.

In order to make reservations at some of the important monuments, firm commitments from student participants are needed by 31 January in the form of a signed contract; see link below for more information, including costs and schedule, and to download the application form.

Download this form for more information on the trip and to access the application form.

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Dec
21
10:00 AM10:00

SoA Final Grades Meeting - CFA 206A

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Thu 21 Dec 2017 | 10:00am-3:00pm | CFA 206A
Final Grades Meeting

10:00am - Undergrad, MArch, MAAD, MUD

12:00pm (anticipated) - MS, PhD (STEM)

Full-time faculty members are expected to attend. If you are unable to attend, please share comments and design commends with Erica Oman at eoman@cmu.edu before the meeting.

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Dec
19
9:30 AM09:30

PhD Proposal Presentation (Veloso) - MMCH 409

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Join us on Tuesday 19 December for the PhD proposal presentation of Pedro Veloso.

SoA PhD PROPOSAL PRESENTATION

TITLE: designLOOP: an agent-based system for architectural composition
By: Pedro Veloso, PhD-CD Candidate

ADVISORY COMMITTEE:

Dr. Ramesh Krishnamurti, SoA CMU, Chair
Dr. Gianni Di Caro, SCS CMU Qatar
Dr. Reinhard König, Computational Architecture, Bauhaus-University Weimar

ABSTRACT:

This research addresses the design of spatial composition with online agent-based models.

In conventional design processes, designers use feedback and problem restructuring to solve a spatial composition, which results in a task environment that is dynamic and unreliable. Besides, the large number of explicit and implicit constraints in a compositional problem makes it too complex to solve by deterministic algorithms. In contrast, multiagent models have a potential to explore good solutions precisely in these dynamic and unreliable task environments.

After describing the general approach to design problems in automated space planning (ASP), I review the precedent and recent works (2008-2017) in multiagent space planning (MASP), exposing current trends and gaps in the field. Then, I present a theoretical framework and an implementation guideline for a MASP research construct called DLOOP. This construct integrates two complementary agent-based design systems: an arrangement of discrete spatial units and a circulation network. The spatial units are represented by predominantly convex polygons structured as a spring-physics entity. These units can interact and navigate in the compositional space to satisfy local constraints such as adjacency, access, alignment, and visibility. The circulation network is a graph connecting the spatial units with direct and indirect circulation elements. It is generated from a complete set of edges and nodes defined by the boundaries of the spatial units.

In the end, I organize and describe the next steps of this research, including technical specifications, the tests to validate the research hypothesis and a timetable with all the future tasks.

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