Structuring a Generative Model for Urban Design: Linking GIS to Shape Grammars

José Beirão, José Duarte, Rudi Stouffs

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Abstract

Urban Design processes need to adopt flexible and adaptive procedures to respond to the evolving demands of the contemporary city. To support such dynamic processes, a specific design methodology and a supporting tool are needed. This design methodology considers the development of a design system rather than a single design solution. It is based on patterns and shape grammars. The idea is to link the descriptions of each pattern to specific shape rules inducing the generation of formal solutions that satisfy the pattern. The methodology explores, from the urban designer point of view, the capacity of a shape grammar to codify and generate urban form (Duarte et al, 2007). This paper defines the ontology of urban entities to build on a GIS platform the topology describing the various components of the city structure. By choosing different sets of patterns the designer defines his vision for a specific context. The patterns are explicated into shape rules that encode the designer’s interpretation of the pattern, and operate on this ontology of urban entities generating solutions that satisfy the pattern’s concept. Some examples of the topological relations are shown.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationARCHITECTURE ‘in computro’ Integrating methods and techniques
EditorsMarc Muylle
PublisherEducation and research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe
Pages929-938
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9780954118372
StatePublished - 2008
Event26th Conference on Education and Research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe, eCAADe 2008 - Antwerpen, Belgium
Duration: Sep 17 2008Sep 19 2008

Publication series

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

Conference

Conference26th Conference on Education and Research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe, eCAADe 2008
Country/TerritoryBelgium
CityAntwerpen
Period9/17/089/19/08

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

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

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