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authors Zarnowiecka, Jadwiga C.
year 2002
title In search of new computer tools: what does Bovill really measure in architecture?
source Connecting the Real and the Virtual - design e-ducation [20th eCAADe Conference Proceedings / ISBN 0-9541183-0-8] Warsaw (Poland) 18-20 September 2002, pp. 342-345
summary Research is carried out concerning the use of computer programming techniques for architectural urban design. This research concerns a wide spectrum of tools involving all stages of the design process. Bovill claims that the progression of the perception of detail can be expressed by the use of Box-Counting Dimension. The lack of the needed progression of detail would be expressed by the decrease in the value of the dimension measured. However, doubts appear already at the stage of choosing the objects to be measured, as they are likely to be selected in an arbitrary way. Thus chances are increased for the easy confirmation of the correctness of the results obtained. It remains doubtful, however, whether in the case of a different selection of components measured the results would have been confirmed. The measurements are carried out on the drawings of the facades, or on details. Bovill left unanswered the issue of the “importance” of lines on drawings, i.e. which might, or even should be, left out. He also claims that the siding should not be taken into account during the measurements. This, however, brings the question of which elements of the drawing constitute siding, and which details. Therefore, would the drawings made by two people look identical and yield the same results of the Box-Counting Dimension measurements? By demonstrating diverse examples this paper discusses the possibilities of using Box-Counting Dimension (one of the fractal dimension of Mandelbrot) in design.
series eCAADe
email zarnow@pb.bialystok.pl
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