Additional Research Projects

CDP Energy: Computer-based outline planning in urban development context considering energy and indoor climate aspects

Urban planning and decision making processes in urban scale demand broad range of knowledge and information. For instance, structure and cost could be set of main role playing discussions. However, issues like future energy consumption, microclimate of the region, indoor climate of the zones in smaller scale as well as energy supply of the whole district should be considered. So far, those aspects usually remained neglected or insufficiently considered in the early urban planning stages. In the frame of this research project, the "CDP // Collaborative Design Platform", a computer-based urban design platform, which has already been developed at the Chair of Architectural Informatics at the Technische Universität München, will be extended with further components to evaluate the energy and indoor comfort quality of the buildings as well as the energy supply options for the area. This will be carried out through an interdisciplinary cooperation between the Chair of Architectural Informatics and the Chair of Building Technology and Climate Responsive Design. The overriding objective is the optimization of urban development projects at an early stage with regard to urbanism, energy and indoor climate. The research project combines for the first time the evaluation of the outdoor climate, the indoor climate and the energy efficiency at urban planning level, seamless integrated in a creative, computer-based, interdisciplinary planning process.

2017-2018 KSD: metis - Query methods using semantic information models (BIM) for early design phases

Due to the rapid global increase of complexity in building projects, knowledge and exchange of knowledge about architecture is ever more essential. In-place IT infrastructure shows an enormous potential for exchange, however, it has not yet resulted in a great deal of data exchange. The question that needs to be asked is; where does architecture in practice, teaching and research sit today in the the 21st Century. Knowledge is essential for the development of a society in academic, economic and social terms. Knowledge is useful information. Query capabilities are the prerequisite for the analysis of that knowledge. Knowledge management systems are necessary to be able to access and use the vast amounts of knowledge that has been collected and stored.
In this research field the project "metis - Query methods using semantic information models (BIM) for early design phases" (Funded by the German Research Foundation) is working to develop computer aided knowledge-based design techniques. On various projects, transferability and application-oriented evaluation of theoratical principles are currently being tested.

2009 - 2010 KREMLAS - Development of a creative evolutionary design method for layout problems in architecture and urban planning

Layout tasks in architecture and urban planning are of key importance. Arrangement of plots, buildings, rooms or components are creatively coordinatedto fit proportionally on different layers and scales. Many computer-based optimization techniques have been tried to develop solution to complex layout problems. However, these studies generally lack the crucial creative interface compontent. It has become clear that pure optimization methods for design tasks are not a realistic solution, and no effective mixed solution for computer-based design support has yet been realized.


2008 - 2013 Methods and materials for user-oriented renovation, funded by the BMBF research program

The goal of this research project is to develop innovative methods and techniques for user-oriented economic building renovation, in order to further strengthen the technology level of the Weimar region in the field of building renovation.


2007 - 2008 Digitizing existing buildings as a basis for project decisions for renovation, funded by the Research Initiative and the future construction of BMVBS and BBR

The aim of the project is to reduce costs and minimize risks in modernization projects by increasing the predictablity of planning and optimizing workflow. The developed tools and approaches are aimed at the early stages of planning, since the decisions made early on have a major impact on all the subsequent processes and thus hold the greatest potential for process optimization.


2006 - 2008 Spatial Augmented Reality for Architecture – Projection-based technology for on-site collection, visualization and simulation, funded by the German Research Foundation

This project works to support possibilites of directly designing on site. The use of a mobile projection-based technology are being developed to augment the planning process of existing buildings research based on linking 3-D models and other digital information. Two key priorities are treated, which are closely interlinked. Firstly, the development of the technological for mobile projection (monoscopic as well as stereoscopic) directly onto existing large surface areas. The second focuses on the investigations of interactive information visualization to support the early phases of the architectural design to be carried out in the existing structure.


1999 - 2006 Collaborative Research Centre 524 "Materials and Structures for the revitalization of buildings"–projects based on supporting existing architecture: tools and methods for the architectural survey, funded by the German Research Foundation

The understanding of the built environment is achieved by recording data from different levels of abstraction. This data, collectedin the form of complex geometry, multi-media information or oral explaination, is information which is often poorly structure. This research is to focuess on developing new concepts for the recording of the condition of buildings to be used for urban planning.


1997 Research project "BIS" (Building Information Systems) system for structurally collecting, processing, managing and analysis of digital building information", sponsored by the State of Thüringen

The goal of the project is to apply new computative and analysis techniques and tools to the workflow of information regarding existing architecture and urban conditions. In thios project we work to design and implementatio na prototype system for the structured collection, processing, management and analysis of digital building information for existing architectural objects