A new palladian shape grammar: A subdivision grammar as alternative to the palladian grammar

Deborah Benrós, José P. Duarte, Sean Hanna

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The following paper describes a shape grammar that recreates Palladian villas. A Palladian grammar was originally proposed by Stiny and Mitchell. However, this alternative grammar uses different parametric shape rules and methodology to test the hypothesis that different grammars can generate the same corpus of designs. The formalism is then implemented using a computerised design tool. The grammar includes subdivision rules that allow for a more economical formulation. A new corpus of solutions is explored and the derivation is compared with the original Palladian grammar. The project is part of wider research aimed at formulating a generic housing grammar.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)521-540
Number of pages20
JournalInternational Journal of Architectural Computing
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Building and Construction
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design

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