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Workshop: ACADIA 2010

I will be presenting another workshop at the ACADIA 2010 conference in New York on the 18th of October 2010, to be held at the Cooper Union. The aim of this workshop is further explore performative and generative design using Autodesk Ecotect Analysis, Green Building Studio and Revit.

Workshop Title

Performative Design with Autodesk® Ecotect® Analysis


The aim of this workshop is explore the boundaries of generative and performative design using Autodesk® Ecotect® Analysis, Autodesk® Green Building Studio®  and Autodesk® Revit®.

The workshop will focus on the use iterative techniques and automated feedback from performance analysis to optimise and refine building geometry. Whilst developing scripts in Autodesk Ecotect is actually quite easy and the fundamentals can be picked up during the course of the workshop, some experience with programming concepts and/or languages will be advantageous.

Whilst mainly directed sessions, there will also be scope to develop some custom scripts, so participants are encouraged to consider problems specific to their own schemes or designs as the basis of their work. 30-day trial copies of Autodesk Ecotect Analysis and Autodesk Revit Architecture / Autodesk Revit MEP will be available for those who do not already have this software.


Participants must bring own laptop with Microsoft Windows XP or Vista operating systems. If you choose to pre-load your laptop with some of the Autodesk trial software, please do not do so more that 30 days before the workshop or your trial period will run out.

Session Outline

Session One

  • Performative and Generative Design.
  • Introduction to Scripting in Ecotect.
  • Example Generative Scripts.
  • Using the ScriptManager.

Session Two

  • Creating and Manipulating Geometry.
  • Managing Inter-Object Relationaships.
  • Creating Dynamic Models.

Session Three

  • Performing Analysis in Ecotect.
  • Accessing and Using Results Data.
  • Creating Formatted Reports.
  • Script Usability and Utility.
  • Creating an Ecotect Wizard.

Breakout Sessions

  • Geometry Exchange with Revit.
    John Herridge, Autodesk.
  • Conceptual Energy Analysis in Revit.
    Bill Glennie, Autodesk.


The attachments below contain some scripts you can download that will be used in the sessions.

SessionScripts.zip1.76 MB
ACADIA_2010_Session_1_Intro.pdf6.82 MB
ACADIA_2010_Session_2.pdf3.8 MB
ACADIA_2010_Session_3.pdf6.67 MB
WizardMaker.zip1.51 MB
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