While most new technologies are being employed to support sustainability with the aim of visualizing and saving energy consumption, little attention is given to designing inherently sustainable structures of urban space, which afford socially, culturally and energetically good usage and occupation. The Computational Design Research group at Aedas [CDR] focuses on the visualization of spatial configurations based on user-experience and behaviours that inform spatial planning. The presentation will demonstrate projects that visualize urban planning discourse, map dynamic spatial usage and simulate urban design processes.


Christan Derix, Director of Computational Design and Research Aedas|R&D, founded the Research & Development group at Aedas architects in 2004. He directs the Computational Design Research group [CDR] which develops computational design applications for generative and analytical design processes in architecture and urban design with an emphasis on spatial configuration and human occupation. Recently, the work of CDR has been shortlisted for various design awards and won honorary mention for the Compasso d’Oro in Italy and the commendation of the President’s Medal for Practice Research of the Royal Institute of British Architects [RIBA]. Derix has taught Computing & Design since 2001 at various universities in the UK and Europe and is currently Visiting Professor for Emergent Technologies at the Technical University Munich.