||This paper will describe a behavior based artificial intelligence
experiment in computer generated architectural design and will
explain the internal representations and procedures of an agent
based autonomous system. This is a departure from traditional
(AI and architectural) top-down approaches, allowing hundreds
of agents to work simultaneously—building, manipulating, and
dismantling their environment. Individual agents work in
collaboration, in disjunction or autonomously.
Architectural design is perhaps most commonly described by the
architect as consisting of the ability to see the whole picture, to
organize, to collect, to juggle, to manage, and to maintain
multiple conflicting goals and values. Architecture by the preceding definition is hierarchical
and top-down in nature. The agent based experiment in this paper presents an alternative
design process, involving multiple autonomous agents acting distributively. The agents
(objects) move through the design landscape, simultaneously collaborating, building,
degenerating, and transforming their world.