Collaborative Architecture

Enhancing Collaborative Practices in Architecture, Engineering and Construction
through MultiScalar Modelling Methodologies

Paul Poinet
A thesis presented for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy
The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation

This thesis by Paul Poinet is an attempt to enhance collaborative practices in architecture, engineering and construction through Multi‑Scalar Modelling Methodologies. The thesis examines the interdisciplinary concept of Multi‑Scalar Modelling through the scope of the AEC domain’s requirements to improve the existing design workflows in industry.

Where present modelling paradigms consolidate the ambition to interface different design environments through a uniϐied model, such as Building Information Modelling (BIM), the ambition of the thesis is to articulate how Multi‑Scalar Modelling can support the creation of a network of models tuned to interface and communicate information across the design chain.

The present thesis takes as a starting point the Multi‑Scalar Modelling framework formulated and established by CITA through the conception, production and realization of precedent design probes, prototypes and demonstrators (e.g. The Rise, Dermoid, Lace Wall and Stressed Skins). Those demonstrators introduced Multi‑Scalar Modelling strategies enabling a direct communication between  multiple  scales,  from  material  specifications at  high  resolution  to  the  global  design environment.

The thesis attempts to extend this theoretical framework by adapting it to the building scale  through further inclusion of  industry concerns and  problematics,  provided here  by  both BuroHappold and Design‑to‑Production:  trying to keep a consistent, continuous design workϐlow throughout the whole design process, from early design to late stages.

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