The ACME Institute is pleased to invite architects, students, engineers, and designers from around the globe to take part in the Vancouver Tower challenge. This is a 2-stage challenge to recognize outstanding computational procedures for optimizing hi-rise envelope design. Join the challenge and contribute to the community with your inspiring innovation.

Stage 1: Performance

This stage of the challenge explores computational processes to optimize envelope design targeting affordability and interior visual and thermal comfort. Scoring criteria is comprised of visual comfort metrics, thermal comfort metrics, energy use intensity and total construction cost of the envelope scope. Refer to Brief Section I (see download brief) for further details including site constraints and program requirements.

Stage 2: Design

Each entry must submit a basis of design explaining their design concept, value statement and overall aesthetics. Scoring criteria favors appearance which adheres to a clearly explained and understandable concept. The final representations must demonstrate adherence to the performance results from stage 1. Refer to Brief Section II for further details.

Final submission must include a description of the computational procedures developed for optimization and design. Refer to Brief Section III. All materials submitted will be included in a publicly accessible repository for academic curriculum development. Software developed will be made available under the Apache 2.0 licensing agreement.

Vancouver Twin Towers

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