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id ddssar9608
authors Emdanat, S.S. and Vakalo, E.-G.
year 1996
title Shape grammars: a critical review and some thoughts
source Timmermans, Harry (Ed.), Third Design and Decision Support Systems in Architecture and Urban Planning - Part one: Architecture Proceedings (Spa, Belgium), August 18-21, 1996
summary Shape grammars are generative formalisms that produce shapes in specified styles. Little critical work has been done to examine the assumptions that shape grammar researchers make about architectural form and its generation, the methodology they employ, the underlying formalism they use, and consequently the adequacy of this formalism to describe architectural form. After establishing the criteria for evaluating the adequacy of a given generative formalism, this paper applies them to the evaluation of the shape grammar formalism. The paper demonstrates that, in its present state, shape grammar leaves a great deal to be desired in terms of its descriptive power and its generalizability. The paper concludes by exploring some of the desired characteristics for languages of architectural form.
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