This movie traces the progress of a genetic algorithm used to design a building envelope for the climate of Ithaca. The algorithm seeks solutions which minimize HVAC and electrical lighting loads using deterministic crowding. Optimal solutions are very much dependent on climate.
A column of dots in the left of each frame indicates energy usage. Each dot corresponds to 50 kWh per day in the peak heating or cooling month.
Models were created in GenerativeComponents using a script and evaluated in Ecotect.
This animation is part of the masters thesis of Nathaniel Jones, found here: http://nljones.scripts.mit.edu/thesis.php