• by Danil
  • Course level: Intermediate


This course gives an overview of the packing problem and its applications in design and space planning. Viewers will learn how to represent the goals of a packing problem through computing the overlaps between regions in a model. The session also covers a variety of approaches for optimizing models with multiple objectives, including optimizing for all objectives at once, optimizing for a single objective while setting the rest as constraints, and optimizing for a single objective represented as a function of the other objectives.

The second part of the course goes deeper into the packing problem and its application in design and architecture. We will first extend the basic packing model from the previous week to model a basic site planning problem in architecture. We will then extend the model by adding a local optimization routine to the model which ensures better quality results with each design. This will demonstrate the potential of hybrid optimization techniques that use top-down metaheuristic algorithms to optimize models which themselves contain local optimization routines to ensure that the best solutions are found in the shortest amount of time.

Topics for this course

5 Lessons03h 15m 51s

Introduction to Packing

Demo: Introduction to shape booleans00:53:41
Demo: Packing with single and multiple objective optimization00:45:21

Local optimization

About the instructors

Danil Nagy is a designer, developer, and entrepreneur focusing on applications of computational design and automation for the building industries. His expertise includes computational geometry, digital fabrication, simulation, optimization, machine learning, and data visualization. Danil teaches at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) at Columbia University in New York, where his courses focus on architectural visualization, generative design, and applications of artificial intelligence. Danil was formerly a Principal Research Scientist at Autodesk Research. He is the founder of Colidescope, a consultancy focused on bringing digital transformation tools to the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) industries.
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Material Includes

  • Over three hours of on-demand video
  • Downloadable demo files to follow along with video tutorials