A Grammar-Based Generative Urban Design Tool Considering Topographic Constraints The Case for American Urban Planning

Mina Rahimian, José Nuno Beirão, Jose M. Pinto Duarte, Lisa Domenica Iulo

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Abstract

This paper explains the development of a generative urban design tool based on shape grammars. The novelty of this tool lies in considering the topographic constraints of the site and generating various alternatives of urban design scenarios accordingly. For the purposes of this research, San Diego has been chosen as an example of a steep city with varied topography that, in consequence, has created distinct urban typologies within the city. With the use of shape grammars, the rules and patterns forming the urban structure of each typology have been decodified. The extracted urban shape grammar is then used as the basis for a generative design tool producing various urban design scenarios considering the limitations and potential of the site's topology. This paper describes the extracted urban shape grammars and how that informs the development of the presented generative urban design tool.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationArchitecture in the Age of the 4th Industrial Revolutio
EditorsJosé Pedro Sousa, Gonçalo Castro Henriques, João Pedro Xavier
PublisherEducation and research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe
Pages267-276
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9789491207198
DOIs
StatePublished - 2019
Event37th Conference on Education and Research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe and 23rd Conference of the Iberoamerican Society Digital Graphics, eCAADe SIGraDi 2019 - Porto, Portugal
Duration: Sep 11 2019Sep 13 2019

Publication series

NameProceedings of the International Conference on Education and Research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe
Volume3
ISSN (Print)2684-1843

Conference

Conference37th Conference on Education and Research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe and 23rd Conference of the Iberoamerican Society Digital Graphics, eCAADe SIGraDi 2019
Country/TerritoryPortugal
CityPorto
Period9/11/199/13/19

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Education
  • Architecture

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