On Natural and Artificial Optimization

Headshot of Petros Koumoutsakos.

For centuries engineers have taken inspiration from nature for design and problem solving. Today’s computing capabilities present the possibility to approach design optimization not from the perspective of imitating existing natural forms, but from the perspectiveRead More


Residential Energy Consumption and NREL Resources

A headshot of Elaina Present.

Buildings are responsible for the majority of electricity consumption in the U.S. and are a substantial contributor to carbon emissions. Understanding how buildings use energy and how that may change in the future is importantRead More


Eco Folly Exhibition Opening Reception

A screenshot of the ECO FOLLY exhibition.

Environmental implications ground the twelve projects of this exhibit, which is the outcome of a studio and seminar jointly taught by a designer and a historian, Professors Grace La Professor of Architecture and Principal ofRead More


Hyper Green High-Rises: Towards a Zero-Energy Skyscraper

Logo for CAC.

Unit section of wind CFD analysis image (above) by Chengzhang Zhang Hyper Green High-Rises: Towards a Zero-Energy Skyscraper is currently being exhibited at the Chicago Architecture Center (CAC) in Chicago, IL. This exhibit is freeRead More