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authors Orev, Ruthie
year 1999
title Computerized Simulation of Urbanism Phenomena
source AVOCAAD Second International Conference [AVOCAAD Conference Proceedings / ISBN 90-76101-02-07] Brussels (Belgium) 8-10 April 1999, pp. 143-155
summary Despite the complex forces that operate in urban development, a relatively small number of geometries and morphologies may be identified in urban maps. Do covert universal laws exist which are integral to the concept of the city and responsible for the geometry? May one formulate such laws and program a computer to produce maps on the basis thereof, thus exposing architectural reality to a scientific process of objective experimentation? In an effort to answer these questions, I wrote programs based on definitions, parameters and rules reflecting architectural phenomena. The creation process using the programs is based on a formalistic approach, drawing on a random mechanism, considerations of probability and numerous calculations. This "computerized planning" does not mimic or simulate human work processes. The programs enable a considerable measure of visual variety to be achieved, replicating familiar urban morphologies. One may isolate variables, starting conditions and growth processes, and examine the influence thereof on fabric, organization and order. The existence of a program such as this raises questions of principle concerning randommes and creation, the future role of architects, the creative capacities of computers, the connection between science and architecture, truth in virtual situations, etc.
series AVOCAAD
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