PLAYING AROUND WITH ARCHITECTURAL SCIENCE
Authors: Marsh, Dr. Andrew
There have been many recent developments in the field of building performance simulation and analysis. The
associated software is becoming increasing sophisticated and, at the same time, somewhat more user-friendly
and intuitive. However, the focus is still on the use of these tools at the end of a project, and then mainly for
final design validation purposes.
Only very rarely are performance modelling tools used at the earliest, most formative stages of design. Past
research (Marsh, 1996) has suggested some reasons for this, however it is becoming increasingly clear that the
concept of ‘play’ is a fundamental part of the explanation, and a component missing from many such tools.
This paper is part of a series that have tackled this problem and presents the latest in a range of software tools
specifically intended for the conceptual stages of design.