Urban Design

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Urban Assemblage


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Emerging Typologies

An agent-based model is introduced for a self-organized building distribution in a predefined environment. Agents are simulating architects, constantly redesigning and rearranging the houses over time. Each agent incorporates as behavior his own simple evolutionary strategy to optimize the layout … Continue reading


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Space Index

An information retrieval system for parcels is introduced that not only allows searching for specific attributes, but also includes properties of shape and context of the building plots.
Increasingly, digital architectural data will become available through information technology. Yet until now, there were no satisfying methods to query this data for architectural purposes. An information retrieval system for parcels is introduced that not only allows searching for specific attributes, but also includes properties of shape and context of the building plots. An automatically generated index stores the relevant spatial properties as normalized bitmap images on several layers. When a query is started, only this index has to be queried and not the complete database. The search process can be controlled through a graphical interface that incorporates the user’s sketches. The retrieved parcels are presented as a sorted list of vector drawings including their contained buildings. With the simplified access to these case-studies, quality and efficiency of the architectural design process could be increased. Continue reading