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id ga0212
authors Colakoglu, Birgul
year 2002
title An Informal Shape Grammars for Interpolations of Traditional Bosnian Hayat Houses in a Contemporary Context
source International Conference on Generative Art
summary This paper explores the use of an informal shape grammar method for Hayat house form interpolations. Interpolations are new house forms, which carry stylistic characteristics of an existing design language but are inserted into a context, which responds to a contemporary life style. The study is based on a corpus of eight Hayat houses designed in the classic Ottoman style in the 18th and 19th century in Sarajevo. The hayat is a large shaded gallery open to the garden. It occupies the most important place in the composition of the plan. In this study, a form-driven design strategy is applied. The emphasis is given to new house form generation. The generation of a new house form within the grammar proceeds in four steps: (1) Primitive hayat house generation, (2) sub-house generation, (3) House variations, (4) House development. The shape rules used in the process of hayat house interpolations are mostly informal and explain in general terms how certain parts of the form are modified.
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