Innovation Timeline – You Ask, We Deliver

Week after week, Archistar launches world-first technology and improvements. Here’s the proof!

July 2020

Planning Rules – Categorised by Regulation Level

You Asked: “Can you show me which rules apply on a local level vs. state level?”

We Delivered:

Every one of our sites has government planning rules applied against it. We now show these rules in user friendly categories so you can tell which set of rules takes priority. We go down to the LEP and LGA level and provide hyperlinks to the exact government document(s) that are enforced on your chosen site.

June 2020

Fourth Generation Design AI – Faster & Smarter

You Asked: “Can the design generator run faster?”

We Delivered:

We have completely overhauled our AI infrastructure and which means we can process more simultaneous scenarios than ever before and at a much faster speed. This is an extremely important foundational piece that takes us from a ‘startup tool’ to an enterprise-grade platform that can process a massive volume of design jobs.

June 2020

Design Generator AI – Extra Large Commercial Designs

You Asked: “Can you unlock the generator for even larger sites?”

We Delivered:

Larger sites means more complex algorithms. We have tested and released another version of the Commercial generator that allows for building generation up to 50,000m2. Go big!

June 2020

Design Generator AI – Townhouse Open Land & Connected Dwellings

You Asked: “Can you connect townhouses together? How about leaving open land?”

We Delivered:

Thanks to further user feedback we have now implemented the ability to set a percentage of open land and also determine how many dwellings are connected. Another step in the right direction for full precinct generation…

May 2020

Design Generator AI – Townhouse Detailed Inputs for Road and Sidewalks

You Asked: “I want complete control over the road and sidewalk widths. How can I do this?”

We Delivered:

Yet another improvement to our townhouse generator; you can now set exactly how wide your road and sidewalks are. Sidewalks are an extra feature we’ve released that helps to breathe life and context into your designs.

May 2020

Design Generator AI – Adaptive Townhouse Designs

You Asked: “Can you create more complex townhouse designs with varied layouts?”

We Delivered:

Our new townhouse massing generator is a huge step towards the automated creation of fully realised 3D houses. Visually striking townhouse designs with logic for room layouts are now created by the generator meaning that no two scenarios are ever the same.

May 2020

Design Generator AI – Duplex Generator

You Asked: “Can you generate duplex designs?”

We Delivered:

We have now carved out a specific interface for duplex generation. This generator also takes advantage of our adaptive townhouse massing code and can create massings that have logical layouts based on GFA. In the image you can see that there are clear spaces for an entrance and garage for the two dwellings.

April 2020

Design Generator AI – Hotel Generator

You Asked: “Can you generate hotel designs?”

We Delivered:

In minutes, we can now generate hundreds of hotel designs with customised hotel room mix. This is one of many niche requests we receive and is a testament to the flexibility and scalability of our Generator AI.

April 2020

Database 2.0 – Australia’s Best Zoning Database

You Asked: “How often do you update your zoning and planning rules?”

We Delivered:

This is a huge project that spanned half a year. With our new custom database we are updating zoning and planning rules weekly. This means that Archistar now has Australia’s most comprehensive national zoning database. Want to bring this data into your platform? Enquire about our APIs.

April 2020

Instant AI Analysis – House Sunlight & Ground Shadows

You Asked: “Environmental analysis on larger buildings is nice but can you analyse smaller buildings?”

We Delivered:

We have extended our analysis engine to run on smaller buildings such as townhouses and duplexes. You can now check if your townhouses are getting enough sunlight or if they are casting shadows on neighbouring buildings.

March 2020

Advanced Measurement Tool

You Asked: “Can you let me measure custom building areas and distances?”

We Delivered:

To help with the growing amount of people working from home, we created a measuring tool in the space of two days. You can use this feature to measure custom areas, perimeters, distance from boundaries, and much more.

March 2020

Report Customisation – Change 3D View

You Asked: “Can you let me change how the buildings are displayed in the Development Due Diligence report?”

We Delivered:

Our ultra-fast, knowledge packed Development Due Diligence report now allows you to edit the building view while you’re customising the report! Show off the perfect angle in your professional, white-labelled report.

March 2020

Design Generator AI – Townhouse Improvements

You Asked: “Can you generate more aggressive Townhouse layouts that can maximise land use efficiency and saleable area?”

We Delivered:

In under a month, we have iterated multiple times on our townhouse design generator AI. This is due to the unmatched talent and speed of our generative design team. Every iteration results in more organic, realistic townhouse design strategies.

February 2020

Design Generator AI – Commercial Buildings L/XL

You Asked: “Can you generate commercial buildings on Large and Extra Large sites?”

We Delivered:

Multi-tower, custom podium Commercial buildings can now be generated on the Archistar platform. We have made massive strides on our AI engine. A number of breakthrough improvements we’ve made while developing our Commercial AI will be rolled out to our Residential AI in the near future.

February 2020

Design Generator AI – Townhouse Slicer

You Asked: “Can you make the design generator maximise townhouses on irregular sites?”

We Delivered:

We have improved our ‘slicer’ which is the code that subdivides geometry into suitable units/lots/subdivisions, etc. Driven by Adriel Saguinsin in the generative design team, this improvement will let you create beautiful parametric townhouse designs that maximise land usage.

February 2020

Instant Intel – Development Due Diligence Report

You Asked: “I want to easily create a branded report that contains all the great data provided by Archistar. Gimme.”

We Delivered:

In a single click, extract everything a property professional needs to know about a site. Known as the Development Due Diligence Report (or DDD Report), we have allowed users to extract planning details, risk factors, potential design strategies and market activity into a beautiful, customisable report. It is a Comparative Market Analysis on steroids for Real Estate Agents and a powerful Due Diligence report for Property Developers.

January 2020

Trustworthy Data – Western Australia & South Australia Data Refactor

You Asked: “Zoning and planning rules change constantly. Can you provide up-to-date data?”

We Delivered:

In preparation for the implementation of our refactored database structure developed by Head of Data Sandra Chan, we have completely updated the zoning and planning data for WA and SA. This is a very exciting development that paves the way for an exponential improvement in update frequency.

January 2020

Design Generator AI – Car Parks

You Asked: “Can you create a car park layout that aligns with my generated building?”

We Delivered:

Our first version of the car park generator is now live on the platform. You can generate hundreds of buildings – now see what car park layouts are possible that align to your building core and elevator shafts. Future versions of the car park generator will present you with multiple options much like our building generator.

January 2020

Design Generator AI – Commercial Designs

You Asked: “I work in Commercial property. Can you generate Commercial building designs?”

We Delivered:

Commercial buildings are now available to be created in our Design Generator. You can also set variable site and tower offsets! This launch version works on sites with lot areas <2000m2. Stay tuned for further improvements to the Commercial generator.

December 2019

Design Generator AI – Mixed Use Improvements

You Asked: “I want to be able to generate mixed use designs on irregular lots.”

We Delivered:

New design generator code improvements focused on Mixed Use designs. Maximise the potential of your site whether it be a square or entirely irregular.

December 2019

Design Generator AI – Medium Townhouse & Subdivisions Logic

You Asked: “Can you further maximise the land usage of your townhouse/subdivision generator?”

We Delivered:

Further improvements to our townhouse and subdivision design generator AI. We are able to reliably generate on small lots and mega lots. With this push, we can now generate efficient subdivision and townhouse strategies on lots of all sizes. We aren’t done yet though – are continually working on our subdivision generator to make it even more efficient.

December 2019

Finding Sites – Development Hotspots

You Asked: “Can you give us an easier way to find sites with development potential?”

We Delivered:

We’ve recalculated and reintroduced our Development Hotspot feature. When toggled, this will highlight sites that have a vast difference between what is currently on the site vs. what could be developed on the site. This helps streamline the site finding process by drawing attention to sites that could be severely underdeveloped.

November 2019

Trees!

You Asked: “Can you add more context (walkways, trees) to your designs?”

We Delivered:

Trees! One of our personal favourites. The additional context of trees and pathways helps clients better visualise how their development will sit relative to its surroundings. This is the first of many steps towards generative design creating fully realised strategies with extreme attention to detail.

November 2019

Trustworthy Data – Planning Data Milestone

You Asked: “How do you source your data?”

We Delivered:

(Infographic published in December 2019) We source our data directly from Government sites and sources. As you can see, scouring government databases is a time consuming task. We take these planning documents and do the hard work so we can present these in a standardised format to you on our platform.

November 2019

Design Generator AI – Townhouse/Subdivision Precincts

You Asked: “I want to design mega lots and entire precincts. Can you do it?”

We Delivered:

With ‘neural network’ strategies designed by William Yen-Wen Wang, we have been able to teach the Design Generator AI how to generate townhouses and subdivisions for mega lots. This is a major step towards full precinct generation.

November 2019

Design Generator AI – Small Apartments

You Asked: “You can generate large apartments, can you generate on small lots?”

We Delivered:

Improved strategies for our apartment generator on small lots. It is extremely important to us that all our customers can generate designs on any site. This is yet another improvement we’ve rolled out to our AI to ensure there are feasible design strategies for sites of all sizes.

October 2019

Design Generator AI – Small Irregular Sites

You Asked: “I have a small battle-axe/rear-loaded/corner site. Can you generate designs on it?”

We Delivered:

No two sites are the same. We have improved our design generator further – maximising the potential of sites of any shape – especially those that are small and irregular where every square metre counts!

October 2019

Save Your Generated Designs

You Asked: “I lose track of the designs I want to keep. Make this easier!”

We Delivered:

Easily save your generated designs by clicking the heart! We not only save your history for easy backtracking but we also allow you to save sites and designs that you want to revisit. This is one of many improvements we’ve launched to become seamless with your existing processes rather than being prohibitive.

October 2019

Instant AI Analysis – Building Separation for Privacy

You Asked: “Building Separation/Privacy Spacing is important to me. Can you show me this in the platform?”

We Delivered:

Building Separation along with a Privacy Compliance check now live in platform. This is a ‘Property Analytic’ that was requested by major developers that need to ensure their buildings are separated in a way that satisfies compliance requirements.

October 2019

Instant AI Analysis – Ground Shadows

You Asked: “Ground Shadows are important to me. I wish there was a way to see this.”

We Delivered:

Ground Shadow analysis on generated designs. This is another one of the numerous Property Analytics that our AI instantly runs on designs. We break the shadows down by hour and thanks to our ability to display existing context, you can see how shadows affect surrounding sites.

Archistar 2.0 Official Launch!

September 2019

Extract Generator Designs to Rhino

You Asked: “I love the instant designs but I like working in Rhino. Can I extract the designs?”

We Delivered:

Users can now extract their Generated Designs in a .DXF file. This is another highly requested feature for those that would like to edit designs further or those that want to seamlessly continue their workflow.

September 2019

Partner Integration – Commercial Real Estate

You Asked: “I work in the commercial property space, I need to see this data.”

We Delivered:

Powered by Commercial Real Estate, we now display commercial property sales and rentals on the Archistar platform. You can toggle this on/off and immediately see the commercial activity in an area of your choosing.

September 2019

Digital Planning Library

You Asked: “I spend so much time researching government planning rules. I wish there was an easier way.”

We Delivered:

The Digital Planning Library is the single most comprehensive location of planning data, sourced directly from Australian Government websites. It is organised logically, sorted by location and type. While we already show you the rules and documents that affect a site, the library can let you search manually.

September 2019

Direct Links to Government Documents

You Asked: “What council regulations apply to my site?”

We Delivered:

We display which planning controls/rules affect the site you have selected. In addition, we provide hyperlinks to the Government documents that we have referenced. Having references on hand will assist developers when approaching council.

August 2019

Partner Integration – Owner Details

You Asked: “Who owns this site?”

We Delivered:

In partnership with CoreLogic RP Data, we provide deeplinks that send you to the respective property page in the RP Data Professional platform. Once in RP Data Professional, you can view the details of the owners of the site.

August 2019

Partner Integration – Property Valuation

You Asked: “What’s the market price for the property on this site?”

We Delivered:

Powered by CoreLogic RP Data, where available we now display the estimated property value of the property on the site. This was a highly requested feature for those looking to understand approximately how much they should pay for the site without calling in a Valuer to survey the property.

August 2019

Partner Integration – Property Photos & Floorplans

You Asked: “There is a property on the site, what does it look like inside? What’s the floorplan?”

We Delivered:

Powered by CoreLogic RP Data, where available we now display property photos and floorplans of a site. This was a highly requested feature and is important for those that want to do their research on a single platform instead of toggling between multiple.

August 2019

Partner Integration – Sales & Rental History

You Asked: “Was this property purchased or rented in the past? For how much?”

We Delivered:

Powered by CoreLogic RP Data, where available we now display the Sales & Rental history of a site. This was a highly requested feature and is important for property professionals that want to understand every single detail about a site.

July 2019

Data Visualisation – Heritage Layer

You Asked: “Heritage sites have special planning rules. How can I tell which sites are heritage listed?”

We Delivered:

The Heritage layer is live on the platform. This is a simple map toggle that will highlight all sites across Australia that are heritage listed. This is especially important for developers that want to avoid or adhere to special heritage overlays and rules.

July 2019

Design Generator AI – Improved Contextual Design Strategies

You Asked: “I have a site that needs buildings to bend around corners. Can you do this?”

We Delivered:

Improved strategies for irregular lots. This is an area we will never stop working on. Lots come in every shape and size and we are always continuing to improve the generator AI to 1. Generate designs that maximise the potential of the lot and 2. Generate designs that meet or exceed the design standards of a human architect.

July 2019

Feng Shui Reports

You Asked: “Feng Shui is important to me and/or my clients. How can I analyse this?”

We Delivered:

We released a Feng Shui Prosperous Home Report generator. Simply choose a property or upload a floorplan and we will output full analysis like the example above. Click on it to enlarge the image!

July 2019

Design Generator AI – Subdivision Road Access

You Asked: “I need to see the roads on subdivision designs.”

We Delivered:

Roads on subdivision designs now available in platform! This is important for any subdivision developer and was a no-brainer for us to implement. This is one of many improvements we are constantly working on for our subdivision generator. These building blocks allow us to tackle larger projects like precinct generation.

June 2019

Finding Sites – Zoning Filter

You Asked: “I only work on sites of a certain zoning class. Highlight them on the map.”

We Delivered:

On our Filter tab, we have implemented an option to filter by Zoning codes. For example, in New South Wales you can type in R2, R3, etc. and we will highlight the respective zones on our map. This is one of many filters (Floor Space Ratio, Lot Size, Maximum Building Height, etc.) we have released on the platform.

June 2019

Design Generator AI – Granny Flats

You Asked: “I have spare land on my lot. Can I put a granny flat there?”

We Delivered:

A Granny Flat option is now available on the Design Generator. Where possible, we will generate the massing of a Granny Flat on your property. We also partnered with CoreLogic to release a report on the percentage of properties that could potentially fit a granny flat.

June 2019

Instant AI Analysis – Cross-Ventilation

You Asked: “I need to ensure a percentage of my units are cross-ventilated. How can I see this?”

We Delivered:

The first of many ‘Property Analytics’ in the Archistar platform. For all designs that are generated or uploaded in platform, our AI instantly analyses them for sunlight/solar. You can see if your designs meet local compliance for sunlight/solar hours.

June 2019

Instant AI Analysis – Sunlight / Solar

You Asked: “My units need to be analysed for solar/sunlight. Can you analyse this?”

We Delivered:

The first of many ‘Property Analytics’ in the Archistar platform. For all designs that are generated or uploaded in platform, our AI instantly analyses them for sunlight/solar. You can see if your designs meet local compliance for sunlight/solar hours.

June 2019

User Experience – Interface Overhaul

You Asked: “There’s very useful features in here but I can’t find them. Where are they?”

    We Delivered:
    The ‘ArchiFind’ UI design. We overhauled the entire interface to deliver a faster and intuitive experience for users. Map loading performance improved by over 70%.

June 2019

Data Visualisation – Flood & Bushfire

You Asked: “Can I see what areas of the map are affected by natural disasters?”

We Delivered:

Flood & Bushfire data layers are now available in platform. Toggle these on and off to instantly see whether or not your site is affected by flooding or bushfires.

June 2019

Custom Sites

You Asked: “Can I manually draw a site and generate designs on it?”

    We Delivered:
    We now allow users to draw their own sites and activate the design generator AI on their custom drawn sites. This is extremely useful for developers who need to work around existing buildings or want to draw custom shapes.

June 2019

Design Generator AI – Subdivision

You Asked: “I work on subdivisions, can you generate designs for these?”

We Delivered:

Our Design Generator AI now has the ability to generate Subdivisions in addition to Apartments, Townhouses and Mixed Use. Explore all options for your site and instantly generate designs.

June 2019

Partner Integration – Nearmap

You Asked: “Regular aerial imagery is out of date, I need the most current data.”

    We Delivered:
    High Resolution Aerial Imagery powered by Nearmap. On the Archistar platform, you can see the most recent aerial imagery by toggling on the Nearmap addon. See if a site has been bulldozed or developed on before you drive out to inspect it.

October 2018 to May 2019

Archistar 1.0 – Reaching MVP

Dr. Ben: “We are dedicated to improving the built environment by developing a world-first platform that leverages the power of generative & parametric design.”

After taking the generative design engine to market in 2018, we spent almost a full year gathering user feedback and testing the market to reach Minimum Viable Product. While the platform you see today is an entirely different beast compared to the image above, we will always remember our humble beginnings. Only by listening to what You Ask, are we able to Deliver world-first solutions that will revolutionise the built environment.

Clients & Partners

Integrated Partner Data

Understand and assess sites in an instant with powerful data layers from partners. Pulling together a wealth of information and displaying it in a single, easy-to-use platform, Archistar allows you to assess & research properties in a fraction of the time.

Want to display your data, reports or services on the Archistar Platform?

Our Visionary Founder

Dr. Benjamin Coorey
PhD Architecture
M Digital Architecture
B Architecture (Hons I)
B Design (Architecture/Digital Media)

Dr. Coorey completed a PhD in generative design and has dedicated his working career to consulting, educating and developing cutting edge technology to revolutionise the architectural design and property industries.