The Dynamo team, Refinery team and Autodesk Research along with some respected colleagues from academia are teaming up to teach a great workshop at Acadia 2019 in Austin Texas Oct 21-23, 2019.  Acadia is a fantastic conference where many architects and engineers come to learn and get inspired.  Thom Mayne is giving the keynote this year.  If you are interested in learning more about generative design thinking, this is a fantastic opportunity.  There are still openings available and you can sign up here:

Here is the description:


Generative design workflows with Dynamo and Project Refinery

Lilli Smith, Autodesk
Aparajit Pratap, Autodesk
Ray Wang, Autodesk Research
Mohammad Keshavarzi, UC Berkeley
Vina Rahimian, Penn State

Learn about generative design thinking and build multi-objective generative design workflows with the help of Dynamo and Project Refinery in this three-day workshop!  A parametric model generates a huge number of designs. How can we navigate this vast design space of possibilities to find high-performing designs? This workshop will introduce workflows that help us answer such a question using Dynamo for Revit and Project Refinery, an Autodesk generative design tool for design option generation, search and optimization. During this workshop participants will learn how to build geometry generators and evaluators using visual programming in Dynamo; how to use these generators and evaluators to drive multi-objective optimization towards specified goals in Refinery; and how to use Refinery’s tools to evaluate the generated optimal solutions and integrate some of these designs back to Revit.  Each day will start out with talks on generative design thinking and then we will work to actuate some of these ideas using Dynamo and Refinery.

  1. Day 1 will focus on Dynamo basics: How to create a model for generative design studies.  We will begin by developing a common understanding of the mechanics of Dynamo, then move on to build a set of graphs together that will include some basic geometric applications and Revit integration.
  2. On Day 2, we will focus on adding evaluators and generating design options.  We will go over the fundamentals of optimization and how to frame a design problem in terms of goals and constraints in order to drive multi-objective optimization and evaluation in Refinery. We will explore the various ways our problem definition can affect the result of the optimization.
  3. On Day 3 we will explore how we can grapple with all of the design options that we have generated and tell a story to convince stakeholders of a certain design direction.

The workflows we will use during the workshop involve space layout and massing examples and use Refinery’s toolkit Dynamo nodes, space and solar analysis packages.  Come join us in Austin!