Monday, April 25, 2022

Decoding the Urban Genome with Wallacei online course, June 13–15 (McNeel Europe)


Decoding the Urban Genome with Wallacei Online Course
June 13–15, 2022
10 AM–5 PM CEST
Hosted on Zoom by McNeel Europe

The online course "Decoding the Urban Genome" is aimed at generative design using Wallacei, and it taught by Mohammed Makki and Milad Showkatbakhsh, co-founders of Wallacei

Wallacei is an evolutionary engine to run simulations through genetic algorithms for solving multi-objective optimization problems. Wallacei incorporates highly detailed analytic tools with comprehensive selection methods, including unsupervised machine learning algorithms to assist users in making more informed decisions at all stages of their generative design processes. In the 3-day online course, learn the detailed features and functions of the Wallacei platform through a hands-on approach, gaining a thorough understanding of the methodologies associated with the applications of evolutionary concepts in design. The workshop will teach Wallacei through the design of an urban superblock, with added focus on the genome and its significance in the evolutionary process.

Day 1: Fundamentals

  • The theory behind the application of Evolutionary Principles in Design and Problem Solving:
  • Significance of the biological evolutionary processes in nature.
  • Translation of biological evolutionary processes within computation.
  • Genetic Algorithms: case studies in design.
  • Generative Design with Wallacei features and contributions.
  • Running Wallacei: Environment, Goals, Objectives, and Gene pools.

Day 2: Wallacei Generative Design Workflow

  • Setting up the generative design workflow, environments, and frameworks for the formulation of an Urban Superblock
  • Running the Evolutionary Algorithm
  • Understanding the Wallacei.X user interface and reading the simulation’s results:
  • Wallacei Settings: population, parameters, search space and dynamic charts.
  • Wallacei Analytics: standard deviation, diamond chart, and fitness values.
  • Wallacei Selection: parallel coordinate, selecting solutions, Pareto front, and phenotypes.

Day 3: Decoding the Urban Genome

  • Extracting information from Wallacei.X: genomes, phenotypes, and data.
  • Understanding the role of the genome for the purposes of analysis and selection
  • Decoding the genomes outputted by the simulation and extracting additional data sets from the population
  • Visualization and animations using Wallacei

Course requirements: Basic knowledge using Rhino and Grasshopper.

Online course fees: EUR 395,- (+VAT); full-time students and university teachers get a 50% discount (proof of status required). Please note, your seat is confirmed after payment has cleared.

Max. number of participants: 25. If there is no quorum, the course will be canceled 15 days before.

Course language: English

Educational seats are limited. Sign up now by contacting McNeel Europe!


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