GENE_ARCH: An Evolution-Based Generative Design System for Sustainable Architecture

  • Luisa Caldas
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4200)


GENE_ARCH is an evolution-based Generative Design System that uses adaptation to shape energy-efficient and sustainable architectural solutions. The system applies goal-oriented design, combining a Genetic Algorithm (GA) as the search engine, with DOE2.1E building simulation software as the evaluation module. The GA can work either as a standard GA or as a Pareto GA, for multicriteria optimization. In order to provide a full view of the capacities of the software, different applications are discussed: 1) Standard GA: testing of the software; 2) Standard GA: incorporation of architecture design intentions, using a building by architect Alvaro Siza; 3) Pareto GA: choice of construction materials, considering cost, building energy use, and embodied energy; 4) Pareto GA: application to Siza’s building; 5) Standard GA: Shape generation with single objective function; 6) Pareto GA: shape generation with multicriteria; 7) Pareto GA: application to an urban and housing context. Overall conclusions from the different applications are discussed.


Genetic Algorithm Pareto Front Multiobjective Optimization Pareto Frontier Standard Genetic Algorithm 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Luisa Caldas
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  1. 1.Instituto Superior TécnicoTechnical University of LisbonPortugal

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