Eco-generative Design for Early Stages of Architecture

Volume 1 - Architecture and Computer Science SET Coordinated by Thierry Ciblac

Eco-generative Design for Early Stages of Architecture

Xavier Marsault, ENSA Lyon, France

ISBN : 9781786301802

Publication Date : December 2017

Hardcover 210 pp

125.00 USD



To help achieve more environmentally responsible production in the field of architecture, Eco-generative Design for Early Stages of Architecture presents the software involved in design assistance from recent research projects.

The contexts, stakes, possibilities and methods of eco-design are presented, drawing heavily on the work carried out within the EcCoGen project (supported by the French National Research Agency). This book tackles some of the major difficulties involved in generative design in interactive time in the early stages of the project.

The author is particularly interested in the behavior of buildings in their built environment, via an eco-efficient and multi-criteria approach (morphological, bioclimatic) to the design, trying to preserve the designer's creativity.

Future perspectives are discussed, combining some advances in the understanding of natural evolution with the desire to see the emergence of a theory of bio-inspired architectural morphogenesis.


1. Context.
2. Eco-design.
3. Morphogenetics.
4. Assessment Models and Meta-models.
5. The EcoGen Software Program.
6. Bio-inspired Perspectives.

About the authors/editors

Xavier Marsault is a researcher in Informatics at the UMR MAP 3495 Laboratory in France. His work in the MAP-Aria team at ENSA Lyon focuses on generative and complex processes for modeling, simulation and decision-making in architecture and urban planning.