Get started using the generative design feature in Revit

Architects are the master of compromise. The new generative design feature in Revit allows you to quickly reach the most optimal compromise.

| Generative Design 101

For the uninitiated, the principle of generative design is to create an optimal model by creating rules or guidelines to the overall design, then applying a computer to design within those parameters. In laymen's terms: you set the rules, the computer creates the design. The better you define your theoretical constraints, the more you can optimize your design. 

| Generative design in Revit

Generative Design is a new feature in Revit. If this is your first time using this feature, a good place to start is the embedded Sample Studies (Dynamo Graphs). Each one is an example  design problem that includes constraints, as well as optimization problems that you can experiment with before working with a deliverable. Our recommendation is to spend time working with as many of these as possible so that you become comfortable creating your own graphs that correspond to your unique design challenges and constraints. 

| Iterate with ease

Once you are familiar with using this new Revit feature it is time to consider where it should be embedded in your workflow. This new feature is powerful in many phases of the design phase, but it's important to utilize precisely. Your needs may be different, but some common examples of applications include: 

  • Maximizing desk count while taking into consideration rules or regulations such as social distancing measures or access to fire escapes

As you work, you can constantly tweak your rules then re-run the tool in order to hone in on a result you and your client can agree on.