It is already known that in the nature, and therefore in the human activities, we can find more than one possible option that leads to have in the end the same result. This means that during the early stages of the design process architects and engineers are able to propose infinite different parameters that could enhance the project design. But, how can we improve the human capacity and use the available software to take advantage of it and find results in an easier and shorter period of time to compare and evaluate different types of variables that can help the design team to make decisions. That’s the fundamental approach to suggest the use of Artificial Intelligence Methods, specifically Genetic Algorithms, to find in evolutionary simple box models the basic physical principles that will enhance the performance of buildings. This project purpose is not to bring the final design of the project, but to design a new tool that discovers and finds the optimal combinations between each different project parameters that could be implemented in the early stages of the design process, helping to understand which are the relations between different aptitude functions that can optimize the building performance.
Description of my title picture:
Selection of one single idea to create a new physical concept requires a lot of courage, craziness, luck (or correct timing) and many different variables that enable the work capacity to crash and fight against lazy thoughts, conflictive emotions and dismissed preconceptions.
I created the title picture on a board using a collage technique giving me the possibility to explain what are the goals that I have, not only as an engineer but also as a brother, friend, uncle, son, and all the different roles that I play every day. I wanted to create "An attempt of sunrise", without knowing the outcome, just playing and having fun with the shapes, without even thinking but feeling. I had the idea to create a new sunrise to move the intangible idea of change to a graphic concept that explains my concerns about the creation of a new type of mindset when we talk about building design. I consider that requires a lot of time and effort to include Klimaengineering approach as an inherent concept of the building design parameters at a global-worldwide scale, and it will probably face of new challenges related with socio-political misunderstandings.
But the fact is that during my time working at Transsolar I´m going to try every day (and also each sunrise of my lifetime) to allow this change of mindset to happen. Each bird in the board can represent a new idea, a new decision, a new project or even a dream that I will want to explore and take the risk, considering that ideas are not black and white, that everything change, and we need to adapt. I accidentally ended up with an optimistic vision for near and probably long-term future, it was not planned, the result was an idea that surprisingly I really liked and that I think could be adapted to each person that feels something when look very close to the actual concept of the board.
José Santiago Martínez Torres – Mexico
Graduated as a Physics Engineer from ITESM Monterrey, Mexico in 2012. Santiago has worked since 2013 in the design and analysis of energy systems for high performance buildings, in public and private projects in Mexico working as energy modeler, commissioning agent and environmental consultant.