Or Moscovitz is an Architect, Computational designer and an MSc student Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning at the Technion. He focuses on the integration of computation & urban planning .
Research Topic: Performance Driven Urban Design
A Generative Design Approach to urban sustainability rating systems
Rapid urbanization and the increasing complexity of cities create new challenges for evaluating and planning the urban environment, pushing the need to develop suitable assessment tools and methodologies for urban design. sustainability rating systems (SRS) are a successful assessment tool, they consist of a rating system framework with several indicators that evaluate and rank the sustainability and quality of urban developments. Despite their benefits, their use is limited due to the need for many resources, different professionals, and planning time.
The uprise in recent years of generative design methods displays a potential benefit to enhance SRS use, especially during the early stages of urban planning. The use of these methods has increased in recent years following computing power development and their accessibility for designers. The research will investigate the use of interactive genetic algorithms (IGA) combined with procedural modeling in the context of Israel SRS, “Neighborhood 360”.
The study aims to build a digital workflow that can generate the variations needed to explore the interactions between SRS metrics & planning tradeoffs, hopefully making it easier to find designs that increase sustainability as verified by SRS.