An evo-devo approach to architectural design

Daniel Richards*, Nick Dunn, Martyn Amos

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We present a developmental genotype-phenotype growth process, or embryogeny, which is used to evolve, in silico, efficient three-dimensional structures that exhibit real-world architectural performance. The embryogeny defines a sequential assembly of architectural components within a three-dimensional volume, and indirectly establishes a regulatory network of components based on the principles of gene regulation. The implicitly regulated phenotypes suggest advances for the automatic design of physical structures, by improving scalability of the genotype encoding and embedding real-world constraints. We demonstrate that our model can evolve novel, yet efficient, architectural structures which exhibit emergent shape, topology and material distribution. Finally, we compare evolved structures against a "hand-coded" solution to illustrate that our model produces competitive results without prior knowledge of the design solution or direct human guidance.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGECCO'12 - Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Genetic and Evolutionary Computation
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9781450311779
Publication statusPublished - 7 Jul 2012
Externally publishedYes
Event14th International Conference on Genetic and Evolutionary Computation, GECCO'12 - Philadelphia, PA, United States
Duration: 7 Jul 201211 Jul 2012


Conference14th International Conference on Genetic and Evolutionary Computation, GECCO'12
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityPhiladelphia, PA


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