Multispecies Building Envelopes: Adopting plant habitat suitability modelling for ecological design decision-making

Surayyn Uthaya Selvan, Laura Windorfer, Mariasole Calbi, Soultana Saroglou, Enrica Roccotiello, Shany Barath, Jacob Grobman

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Abstract

Urbanisation catalyses habitat loss, impacting humans and biodiversity. To mitigate this, the ECOLOPES research project proposes multispecies building envelopes that enhance ecosystem services provision through cohabitation. Initial envelope designs are optimized and evaluated with a hybrid multi-criteria decision-making model informed by key performance indicators for human and nonhuman objectives. This paper proposes an architectural approach to derive indicator proxies for the plant stakeholders by adopting aspects of habitat suitability modelling by correlating environmental conditions with species functional traits. Using the hybrid decision-making model, we utilise these proxies to optimise multispecies objectives for a residential building envelope and evaluate the resulting alternative. This alternative is compared with one optimised using indicators inferred from general ecological correlations. Results show the effectiveness of applying the proposed habitat suitability approach in accounting for variations in plant trait values and improving multiobjective trade-offs for multispecies envelope design decision-making.
Original languageAmerican English
StatePublished - 25 Apr 2024
Event29th International Conference on Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia - Singapore
Duration: 25 Apr 2024 → …
Conference number: 29

Conference

Conference29th International Conference on Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia
Abbreviated titleCAADRIA 2024
Period25/04/24 → …

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