The Process And Operations Of Shape Generation And Manipulation During The Architectural Designing Activity

DS 94: Proceedings of the Design Society: 22nd International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED19)

Year: 2019
Editor: Wartzack, Sandro; Schleich, Benjamin; Gon
Author: Bouhelis, Walid; Arrouf, Abdelmalek
Series: ICED
Institution: Laboratoire d'
Section: Design methods and tools
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ISSN: 2220-4342


This piece of work is concerned with how shapes are generated, explored and transformed during the architectural designing process. It postulates that the relations and connections between sketches, produced during the design activity, can be defined in terms of shape transformations and described according to a closed list of shape operators. These latters provide a formal description of the shape exploration process and allow a deep understanding of its logic. To achieve its goal, this study creates a model to describe the different shape transformations, performed by designers, during the sketching activity.

Keywords: Early design phases, Shape operators, Design process, Protocol analysis, Design cognition


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