Digital Blue Foam (DBF) hunts, gathers and computes contextual data such as climate, program and urban networks to determine the right building configuration using advances in artificial intelligence, generative design, and web-based 3D visualization.


Intelligent, zero-carbon building design at your finger tips

The world’s population is growing and urbanizing at an amazing speed. In the next 20 years, new housing will have to be built for two billion people, primarily in Africa and Asia. To respond, industry will need ways to step up the efficiency of architecture and construction workflows, as well as responsiveness to local circumstances. Digital Blue Foam (DBF) is an easy-to-use design tool that lets users both streamline the architectural briefing process and optimize the final design with respect to sustainability and social connectivity. Users input parameters and Blue Foam hunts and gathers relevant online data (maps, city regulations, social media, local infrastructure, local property and rental prices, and so on).



“As a practicing architect, my task is to balance the demands of clients who try to maximize the value of land, and the ethical practice of sustainability which we want to promote, which is trying to minimize the impacts of CO2 on the built environment. What DBF DOES IS MAKE THIS PROCESS EFFICIENT, and work in a way that is SEAMLESS AND AUTOMATIC. Currently, it would take 2 or 3 team members a couple of weeks to work out the different permutations of a design. With DBF we can narrow this process down to one day or even less – shifting the job of the architect from number-cruncher, TO FINDING SOLUTIONS THROUGH DESIGN QUALITY.”

Hani Asfour, Associate Dean, Dubai Institute of Design and Innovation


Bridging the knowledge gap of early-stage design

Currently architects are stuck with an inefficient design methodology that involves frequent consultation between client and designer to determine basic parameters such as program and form. The solutions chosen may also be sub-optimal, as participants may fail to consider the full scope of design possibilities. To make matters worse, the computational tools currently available pose a high technical barrier, are restrictive in compatibility, and are being developed in an isolated, piecemeal fashion, with many tools dedicated to solving only one specific part of a problem.

DBF aims to provide a web-based, centralized, user-friendly platform that is accessible to and usable by designers and non-designers alike. It integrates all sustainability considerations under one roof and allow for cross-platform integration.

hunt, gather, and compute 3d design data. automatically generate options which satisfy urban design regulations. instantly analyze co2 costs and real-estate yields in real-time.

Leveraging 3D Web programming environments and APIs, Digital Blue Foam (DBF) consolidates the modeling, analysis, and optimization of design options on the cloud. It translates this data into an algorithm that plugs into common modelling software to produce sets of drawings and visuals. Blue Foam provides immediate feedback on how design choices will affect the social, environmental, and economic goals of the development. Client and architect are able to explore more quickly, by generating and assessing design options in real-time, together, significantly reducing the time spent, and lets clients be more active in the process and have greater confidence in the result.




DBF is able to pull contextual and climatic data from the web to better inform the building design through considerations like building shape & orientation, shadow and view studies,

The biggest value of DBF is that it makes the architect a more efficient qualitative designer, rather than a quantitative number-cruncher.
— Hani Asfour, Associate Dean, Dubai Institute of Design and Innovation


Current Status

After one year of development, DBF is now being pilot-tested with various construction and development companies in South-east Asia.

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We envision DBF as a marriage between our 3-year long Net-Zero Tower (NZT) research partnership with SUTD (which confirmed the tremendous potential of timber as a viable and sustainable material for high-rise) and the computational design tools that we have been developing.

Read more about our Capstone Research collaboration (2016-18) with Singapore Institute of Technology and Design (SUTD)