Keynotes

Monday, July 13th, 10:15

Herman Winkels

Programmanager BIM at Rijkswaterstaat and Chairman of the BIM-loket

Open BIM-standards in the Netherlands

During the last 3 years rapid development of national open BIM-standards in the Netherlands has been an ongoing process. A national Building Information Council invested in and guided this development and focused on promoting/adapting and using these standards in the building and infrastructure market. They concentrated on 4 levels introducing/promoting BIM in the construction and maintenance contracts: a. BIM-ICT-standards, b. Processes involved, c. Management and Organization and d. Influence Employers/Culture.

The developed and used open BIM standards are IDM/P2 (or VISI), CB-NL and COINS. The adoption of these and 9 more standards are the task of the new BIM-loket in the Netherlands. Examples are shown of the use of the objecttypelibrary of Rijkswaterstaat and the communication and Informationtransfer of data using VISI and COINS at a large BIM-project SAA-A1-A6.

Wednesday July 15th, 9:30

Mehul Bhatt:

University of Bremen, The DesignSpace Group

SPACE | DESIGN. SYNTAX. SEMANTICS. COGNITION.

On Visuo-Spatial Intelligence as a Foundation for People-Centered Architecture Design

Architects concerned with designing built environments (e.g., hospitals, airports) need to “anticipate” and “ensure” that people-centered design objectives are fulfilled, e.g., people should (not) get lost, the environment should fulfil universal design criteria for diverse user groups and situations (e.g., disabilities, geriatric care, emergencies). Toward this, designers and architects need access to assistive technologies that manifest a basic understanding of human behaviour in spatial environments, in particular, aspects pertaining to “visuo-spatial perception and cognition”, and “design semantics” from the viewpoint of users as well as designers & planners.

Our research on people-centred spatial design addresses the question:

HOW CAN COGNITIVE MODALITIES CONSTITUTE THE FOUNDATIONAL BUILDING BLOCKS OF DESIGN EDUCATION, DISCOURSE, SYSTEMS, AND THE PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE OF SPATIAL DESIGN FOR ARCHITECTURE?

In this talk, I will summarise basic research questions addressed, methodology adopted, and deliverables produced as part of research in the DesignSpace Research Group at the University of Bremen (Germany). I will demonstrate the manner in which next-generation design systems, frameworks, assistive tools, educational discourse, and design policies & practices can be explicitly founded on the cognitive modalities of human perception, attention, action, dynamics, environmental affordance & user experience, and design conception & semantics. I will particularly focus on aspects of design conception, design computation, and design communication as they relate to processes of Design Tools, Real-World Design Practice, and Professional Design Learning & Education. Time permitting, I will also introduce community-based scientific initiatives aimed at broad-based interdisciplinary engagement related to the theme of spatial cognition and design that have emanated from research at the DesignSpace Research Group.