Generative Design In Autodesk Revit 2021: Three Things to Try

Posted On 2020-06-11

If you are looking to bring algorithmic scale, speed, and precision to your design studies, then Generative Design in Autodesk Revit 2021 is ready to help you achieve just that, and we’re here to show you how!

Below are 3 things to try in Autodesk Revit 2021 to experience how Generative Design in Revit can revolutionise the way you design, test, and view your design studies.

  1. Start with the sample studies available in Revit 2021.
    Generative Design in Revit 2021 is available to AEC Collection subscribers and ships with 3 design studies common to commercial build programs.

    • Three Box Massing: Vary the heights and relative positions of three mass volumes to study their visual impact while also calculating surface areas and volumes.
    • Workspace Layout: Create desk configurations in a room, taking into account doors, windows, and columns. Calculate distances to exits, views to the outside, and more.
    • Optimise Window Views: Generate viewpoints within the model and calculate scores for the quality of views to the outside from each of these points.

    You can launch these studies directly from your model in any view, by clicking on the Generative Design button on the Manage tab in the ribbon. Start by selecting the type of study and defining the goals. Are you trying to fit more desks in an open office floorplan, or would you prefer to optimize placement for the best views? Are you looking to find the highest floor area ratio on a tight site, or perhaps concerned with meeting a height restriction? Use the interface to assign weights to the variables you want to study. Specify and constrain the number of design alternatives you wish to create and tell Revit how it should help you rank them. Then run your study in the background and keep working in your model.

  2. Explore and visualise design alternatives.
    Generative Design in Revit will return results for your study, helping you visualise a range of options. Explore the alternatives via 2D lists and interactive 3D thumbnails, and use the responsive results coordinate graph to sort, select, and filter… all in a few clicks of the mouse. Chart alternatives in a scatterplot to identify clusters of options with common characteristics.
    Narrow in on a preferred set of outcomes or run the study anew with revised criteria to see the impacts as your design priorities shift. When you decide on the best solution, click Create Revit Elements and populate your model with the chosen alternative. Use Generative Design in Revit to smartly dial-in approaches that find a happy medium between all the factors you try to balance or choose the option that best optimizes a single factor – like the most daylight or the slimmest building profile. Use Generative Design in Revit as a design assistant, a way to gather data quickly to help you make more informed decisions.

  3. Build custom studies in Dynamo.
    For Dynamo users, Generative Design in Revit offers a customizable framework for using the power of algorithms to uncover what’s possible. Use the Dynamo visual programming environment to connect different elements of your Revit model, and create custom design studies.


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