This paper focuses on linking currently disparate
“global” and “local” descriptions of architectural intent and corresponding components via parametric
digital models, with the aim of improving representations, enabling more informed conversations, and streamlining exchanges
during early stages of design. In order to show the potential of this framework, research is focused on architectural precast
concrete facades. Research references The Information Delivery Manual for Precast Concrete, describing methods for exchanging
global descriptions (a layout of individual panel boundaries) and local descriptions (piece detailing of individual components).
The goal of this work is to link data from parametric models representing global and local descriptions of architectural precast
concrete façades in order to bridge the currently disparate workflows and values of designers and fabricators, simultaneously
enabling design exploration and incorporating fabrication details, during concept phases of work.
The paper was presented at the 2019 ASCE International Conference on Computing in Civil Engineering (i3CE2019)
and included in conference proceedings.
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