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authors Li, Andrew I-kang, and Tsou, Jin-Yeu
year 1995
title The rule-based nature of wood frame construction of the Yingzaofashi and the role of virtual modelling in understanding it
source Computing in architectural research, Proceedings of the International Conference on Chinese Architectural History, 25-40. Hong Kong, 7-10 August 1995
summary The wood frame construction system of the Yingzao fashi is rule-based. In this system, the text can be understood as rules, construction as the execution of those rules, and the building as the output of the rules. To illustrate, we discuss a three-bay ting tang and some of the rules which govern its overall form and size. This three-bay ting tang is the smallest hall defined in the Yingzao fashi. Virtual models offer a critical advantage over real models and drawings. This type of representation allows us to ask questions which are particularly relevant to the rule-based system. We can execute the rules quickly and thus concentrate on the rules, their output, and the relation between them. We propose some areas of research made possible with virtual modelling. One is a study of curvature as a product of several rules, including shengqi, cejiao, and juzhe.
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