We are proud contributors of research on subjects related to digital design, data, and computation in the building industry. The work on this page highlights past and present contributions to the research community by our team members. We hope you enjoy this resource!

Featured Research


Concepts and Methodologies for Multiscale Modeling: A Mesh-Based Approach for Bi-Directional Information Flows

Authors: Paul Nicholas, Mateusz Zwierzycki, David Stasiuk, Esben Norgaard, Mette Ramsgaard Thomsen

Publisher: ACADIA

Abstract: This paper introduces concepts and methodologies for multiscale modeling in architecture, and demonstrates their application to support bi-directional information flows in the design of a panelized, thin skinned metal structure. Parameters linked to the incremental sheet forming fabrication process, rigidisation, panelization, and global structural performance are included in this information flow. The term multiscale refers to the decomposition of a design problem into distinct but interdependent models according to scales or frameworks, and to the techniques that support the transfer of information between these models. We describe information flows between the scales of structure, panel element, and material via two mesh-based approaches. The first approach demonstrates the use of adaptive meshing to efficiently and sequentially increase resolution to support structural analysis, panelization, local geometric formation, connectivity, and the calculation of forming strains and material thinning. A second approach shows how dynamically coupling adaptive meshing with a tree structure supports efficient refinement and coarsening of information. The multiscale modeling approaches are substantiated through the production of structures and prototypes.

Peer Reviewed Research

The members of Proving Ground frequently contribute research to the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA). ACADIA is the premier venue for computational design research in North America. Over the years, we have produced research papers on topics ranging from parametric modeling, generative design, complex material assemblies, and advanced geometry concepts.

Our papers and many other great works are publicly available through Cumincad.

Paper Title Author(s) Publisher Year
Concepts and Methodologies for Multiscale Modeling: A Mesh-Based Approach for Bi-Directional Information Flows

Nicholas, Paul; Zwierzycki, Mateusz; Stasiuk, David; Norgaard, Esben; Thomsen, Mette Ramsgaard



The Social Weavers: Negotiating a Continuum of Agency

Nicholas, Paul; Stasiuk, David; Schork, Tim



The Rise: Material Behaviour in Generative Design

Tamke, Martin; Stasiuk, David; Ramsgard Thomsen, Mette



The Hangzhou Tennis Center: A Case Study in Integrated Parametric Design

Miller, Nathan



[Make]Shift: Information Exchange and Collaborative Design Workflows

Miller, Nathan



Parametric Strategies in Civic Architecture Design

Miller, Nathan



Book Contributions

The Proving Ground team has been invited to contribute chapters and interviews on the subjects of BIM and the future of design technology. Below is a list of books you can find our work along with some awesome content by our peers.

Book Chapter Chapter Author(s) Publisher Year
Convergence: The Redesign of Design (AD Smart)

by Randy Deutsch

Interview with Nathan Miller Transcript

Miller, Nathan



Building Information Modeling: BIM in Current and Future Practice

by Karen Kensek and Douglas Noble

Chapter 8: “Performance Art: Analytics and the New Theater of Design Practice”

Miller, Nathan; Davis, Daniel



Building Information Modeling (PocketArchitecture)

by Karen Kensek

Chapter 8: “CASE: Building Information Coordinators”

Miller, Nathan; Negro, Federico



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