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BIMaHEAD on the search of a social BIM

  • Lescop, Laurent
  • Dahlgrün, Bernd
  • Kępczyńska-Walczak, Anetta
Publication Date
Aug 30, 2023
DOI: 10.60558/eaea16-2023-106
OAI: oai:HAL:hal-04197910v1
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Scales...what a fantastic subject for architectural education. In this article, we will assess a specific aspect of innovative teaching using immersive technologies. But we can’t jump right into the topic without first discussing architectural research. We believe that teaching innovation necessitates a significant paradigm shift, which will be presented. The BIMaHEAD project will be used to illustrate our proposal. BIMaHEAD is a European project that seeks to develop novel educational and operational methodologies for architectural design. Its primary objective is to streamline arduous processes, freeing up architects to concentrate on their core competencies and areas of expertise. The BIMaHEAD project is a collaboration between five partners from EU countries including France, Germany, Sweden, Poland, and the Republic of North Macedonia. The National School of Architecture of Nantes (ENSAN) is the main promoter of the project, while the Swedish University HalmStad (HU) is a renowned partner for its research on innovation. The Private Institute for Research in Environment, Civil Engineering, and Energy (IECE) in Skopjé (North Macedonia) was created by a company of engineers and architects, and has a focus on research, training, and consultancy. HafenCity University of Hamburg (HCU) specializes in architecture, urban projects, and civil engineering, with a focus on exploring what cities of the future might look like. The Faculty of Civil Engineering, Architecture, and Environmental Engineering at the Polytechnic University of Lodz (TUL) is very active on an international level, and its excellence is widely recognized. In simple terms, there are two approaches to the project. The first method involves solving constraints in a sequential manner, where the form, structure, or organization of the flows are addressed first, and then the related problems are iteratively resolved. This approach is often guided by personal experience and aims to isolate constraints and focus on a single solution. On the other hand, the second approach is facilitated by algorithmic, generative, and upcoming AI methods. It involves integrating constraints concurrently, allowing them to interact and generate multiple solutions, which are then refined by revising the input data or through training. We propose the acronym DIM, which stands for Design Innovative Method, to complete the BIM in the BIMaHEAD project.

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