Custom digital workflows : a new framework for design analysis integration
Toth, Bianca, Boeykens, Stefan, Chasar, Andre, Janssen, Patrick, & Stouffs, Rudi (2012) Custom digital workflows : a new framework for design analysis integration. In Fischer, Thomas, De Biswas, Kaustuv, Ham, Jeremy, Naka, Ryusuke, & Weixin, Huang (Eds.) Beyond Codes and Pixels : Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia, The Association for Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia (CAADRIA), Chennai (India), pp. 163-172.
Flexible information exchange is critical to successful design integration, but current top-down, standards-based and model-oriented strategies impose restrictions that are contradictory to this flexibility. In this paper we present a bottom-up, user-controlled and process-oriented approach to linking design and analysis applications that is more responsive to the varied needs of designers and design teams. Drawing on research into scientific workflows, we present a framework for integration that capitalises on advances in cloud computing to connect discrete tools via flexible and distributed process networks. Adopting a services-oriented system architecture, we propose a web-based platform that enables data, semantics and models to be shared on the fly. We discuss potential challenges and opportunities for the development thereof as a flexible, visual, collaborative, scalable and open system.
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