id 
ecaade2012_087 
authors 
Lorenz, Wolfgang E. 
year 
2012 
title 
Estimating the Fractal Dimension of Architecture: Using two Measurement Methods implemented in AutoCAD by VBA 
source 
Achten, Henri; Pavlicek, Jiri; Hulin, Jaroslav; Matejovska, Dana (eds.), Digital Physicality  Proceedings of the 30th eCAADe Conference  Volume 1 / ISBN 9789491207020, Czech Technical University in Prague, Faculty of Architecture (Czech Republic) 1214 September 2012, pp. 505513 
wos 
WOS:000330322400052 
summary 
The concept of describing and analyzing architecture from a fractal point of view, on which this paper is based, can be traced back to Benoît Mandelbrot (1981) and Carl Bovill (1996) to a considerable extent. In particular, this includes the distinction between scalebound (offering a limited number of characteristic elements) and scaling objects (offering many characteristic elements of scale) made by B. Mandelbrot (1981). In the fi rst place such a differentiation is based upon a visual description. This paper explores the possibility of assistance by two measurement methods, fi rst time introduced to architecture by C. Bovill (1996). While the boxcounting method measures or more precisely estimates the boxcounting dimension D b of objects (e.g. facades), range analysis examines the rhythm of a design. As CAD programs are familiar to architects during design processes, the author implemented both methods in AutoCAD using the scripting language VBA. First measurements indicate promising results for indicating the distinction between what B. Mandelbrot called scalebound and scaling buildings. 
keywords 
BoxCounting Method; Range Analysis; HurstExponent; Analyzing Architecture; Scalebound and Scaling objects 
series 
eCAADe 
email 
lorenz@iemar.tuwien.ac.at 
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