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id caadria2010_003
authors Vaughan, Josephine and Michael J. Ostwald
year 2010
title Refining a computational fractal method of analysis: testing Bovillís architectural data
source Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on Computer Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia / Hong Kong 7-10 April 2010, pp. 29-38
summary In 1996 Bovill applied Mandelbrotís fractal method for calculating the approximate visual complexity of images to architecture. This method is one of only a limited number of quantifiable approaches to provide a measure of the relative complexity of an architectural form. However, the method has rarely been tested despite many scholars uncritically repeating Bovillís conclusions. While Bovillís original work was calculated manually, a software program, Archimage, is presently being developed by the authors as a tool to assist architectural designers and researchers to understand the visual complexity of building designs. The present research returns to Bovillís original architectural data (elevations of famous buildings) and re-calculates the results published therein using Archimage and the commercial software Benoit. These results are then compvared with those produced by Bovill (1996) and Lorenz (2003), to determine if any consistency can be found between the sets. The level of consistency will assist in determining the validity of Bovillís method and provide important data in the ongoing process to refine the Archimage software and the analytical method.
keywords Computational analysis tools; design analysis; visual complexity
series CAADRIA
email Josephine.Vaughan@newcastle.edu.au
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