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authors Ekholm, Anders and Fridqvist Sverker
year 1997
title Concepts of Space in Computer Based Product Modelling and Design
source Challenges of the Future [15th eCAADe Conference Proceedings / ISBN 0-9523687-3-0] Vienna (Austria) 17-20 September 1997
summary The everyday understanding of space may be self-evident and unproblematic. However, as soon as we are asked for a formal definition, e.g. in the context of building classification or product modelling, the concept of space is subject of controversy and misunderstanding. To some, space is the emptiness in which things are embedded, i.e. something immaterial. To others, space has no separate existence but is a property of the material world. Still, according to both views, space can be experienced. In this paper we analyse some influential work within building classification and building product modelling and criticise these for applying a concept of space without factual reference. We explore the ontological foundations for the concept of space, and conclude that space is an aspect view on things; depending on the view, it may be seen both as a property of things and as a thing in itself. Finally we show how construction space can be represented as an object in a conceptual schema for computer based space information.
keywords Space, Building, Construction, Classification, Product Modelling, Aspect Model, Spatial Modelling, CAD
series eCAADe
email Sverker.Fridqvist@caad.lth.se
more http://info.tuwien.ac.at/ecaade/proc/ekholm/ekholm.htm
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