Introduction to Generative Design

In this chapter, we’ll look at key concepts that are essential to understanding generative design and how Project Refinery works.

We will look at the following topics:

  • the fundamental concepts needed to understand generative design

  • a definition of generative design in the context of AEC

  • an introduction to Refinery

  • examples of using generative design to solve design problems

  • related concepts

  • common approaches used

Let’s start by first looking at something you’re very likely to be aware of and already using today: computational design.