For five years, FAA has been developing an in-house laboratory for Research in Computer Science. The laboratory is composed of four people who are working full-time, also assisting and supporting most project teams in their work.
Our Research Unit’s works challenges and questions both conventional tools for validation and forms of representation of the Architectural project. This has led us to surpass the traditional objectives by seeking a performative approach of studied subjects, through scientific and digital processing using – parametric design, simulation, optimization, prototyping and computerised manufacturing. This method tries to recreate a discursive landscape for architects, engineers and researchers.
We are continually looking for ways in which we can mingle together architecture and engineering practices, needed to work towards a holistic and comprehensive approach to design.
Each project, large or small, and from long span structures to connection design details, begins with an idea. A successful implementation of the idea depends on a thorough understanding of technical constraints – never separate engineering from design. Architecture is about balancing diverse information and knowledge, such as implementing complex geometries, structural calculations, 3D digital imagery, graphic design and study of design details.
FAA’s Laboratory fields of intervention are:
Real-time movements in buildings
Sound and vibration calculations
CFD (Comptational Fluide Dynamic) simulations for Venturi effect
Morphological optimization of the ceilings after acoustic simulation
Acoustics emulation calculations to calibrate the resonance and reverberation time specific to various environments for better sound quality