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id ecaade2017_071
authors Stouffs, Rudi and Hou, Dan
year 2017
title The complexity of formulating design(ing) grammars
source Fioravanti, A, Cursi, S, Elahmar, S, Gargaro, S, Loffreda, G, Novembri, G, Trento, A (eds.), ShoCK! - Sharing Computational Knowledge! - Proceedings of the 35th eCAADe Conference - Volume 1, Sapienza University of Rome, Rome, Italy, 20-22 September 2017, pp. 401-410
summary We are concerned with the complexity of formulating rules within a design grammar, i.e., a grammar for designing. Our motivation comes from an active development of a design grammar using railway station design as a demonstration study. In this paper, we identify a number of difficulties that may arise when developing shape rules and present approaches for graphical rule specification that can serve to overcome these difficulties. Specifically, we present examples where drawing shape rules and augmenting these with control conditions or rule constraints offer insufficient support for the rules' intricacies, and propose conventions for drawing and specification that support the explication of these exemplar shape rules, aiming not to overly complicate the drawing and specification process. We borrow from other authors where appropriate, and do not concern ourselves with implementation issues, at this point.
keywords Design grammar; shape grammar; shape rule; graphical depiction
series eCAADe
email stouffs@nus.edu.sg
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