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User-centred Design for the Interface of an Artificial Intelligence Buildability Tool

Mitrana, Gabriela (2021) User-centred Design for the Interface of an Artificial Intelligence Buildability Tool.

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Abstract:By 2050, the population of the world will increase by more than 2 billion. This growth will especially influence urban areas and will determine an urgent need to build more housing and develop the infrastructure. The architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry will be challenged. Professionals will have more opportunities for designing and building, but they will also face new limitations as the resources of the planet are already stressed enough. To this, the recent investments in the Build-to-Rent (BTR) sector add up. With house prices only rising, it is becoming harder for young people to afford a house. Moreover, due to the pandemics, the high levels of unemployment and wage cuts will make it impossible for many people to sustain or even increase their savings. Thus, it is estimated that in the near future, more houses will be used for rent, which will determine a transition from home ownership. Within this context, Lurtis is developing a buildability estimator, which will enable developers and architects to maximize the potential of a plot and of an investment. This tool reduces the time of pre-design and can create dozens of design solutions based on user preferences and governmental regulations. Users can easily compare which project is more profitable, without the need to build anything, saving resources and time. The objective of this Master Thesis is to design the user experience for the buildability tool, to facilitate its adoption. The paper discusses the recent trends in the real-estate industry and explains the concept of buildability. It explores the strongest competitors in the industry focusing on their design strengths and weaknesses. It then analyzes the needs of potential users and provides different design solutions for the tool. The evaluation of these solutions is presented, culminating with details about the technical implementation of the buildability estimator. The paper concludes with a reflection on the entire design process and with future ideas to be tackled.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:ET: Engineering Technology
Programme:Interaction Technology MSc (60030)
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