Design Automation Lab

A research lab developing method and tools for supporting design decision making.

Software tools:

Jurong Vision

Research Overview

The research developed new computational workflows for supporting decision making at the urban and regional scale. With the increasingly complex nature of future master plans, there is a need for new urban planning and design workflows that enable planning and design options to be systematically developed, evaluated, and analysed.

The workflows aim to address complex challenges that require new thinking about our city and their planning and design. They support the exploration and development of alternative visions of the future city, and enable the evaluation and analysis of different urban planning and design options. The workflows were demonstrated through a series of studio projects.

Density analysis overlaid over an urban model.

Research Outcomes

The research consisted of five stages:

Stage 1 - Data gathering (October – December 2014): A detail 400 MB GIS data set was developed for the Jurong Industrial Estate, including GIS layers for a variety of data types.

Stage 2 - Workshops (January 2015): A series of workshops were conducted, open to NUS students participating in the IFoU winter school. Four workshops were given:

Stage 3 - Workflow Development (January 2015): The digital workflows were adapted and applied in the IFoU winter school.

Stage 4 - Design Methods Analysis (February– April 2015): Once the IFoU winter school was completed, the more complex parametric modelling workflows were applied in the MUP and MAUD studios during Semester 2 of AY2014/2015.

Stage 5 - Case Study Analysis (May – July 2015): A number of project were selected for further analysis and development using further enhanced computational workflows:


The work was exhibited in three separate exhibitions:

Exhibition at the National Library, Singapore.
Exhibition at the URA, Singapore.
Exhibition panels.

Book: Rethinking Urban Practices

The outcomes of the research were also published in a book.

Rethinking Urban Practices: Designing for Jurong Vision 2050

Stouffs, R and Janssen, P (2016) 'Rethinking Urban Practices: Designing for Jurong Vision 2050', Centre for Advanced Studies in Architecture (CASA), NUS.