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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 Bovill’s 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 Mandelbrot’s 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 Bovill’s conclusions. While Bovill’s 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 Bovill’s 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 Bovill’s 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
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100%; open Ostwald, M. J., and Vaughan, J. (2008) Find in CUMINCAD Determining the fractal dimension of the architecture of Eileen Gray , ANZAScA 2008, Newcastle, Australia, 9–16
100%; open Ostwald, M. J., and Vaughan, J. (2009) Find in CUMINCAD Calculating visual complexity in Peter Eisenman’s architecture , CAADRIA 2009, Taiwan, 75–84
100%; open Ostwald, M. J., Vaughan, J. and Chalup, S. (2009) Find in CUMINCAD A computational investigation into the fractal dimensions of the architecture of Kazuyo Sejima , Design principles and practices: an international journal, 3, 231–244
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100%; open Vaughan, J. and Ostwald, M. J. (2009) Find in CUMINCAD A quantitative comparison between the formal complexity of Le Corbusier’s pre-modern (1905–1912) and early modern (1922–1928) architecture , Design principles and practices: an international journal, 3, 359–372

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