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Supporting decision making in design using shape grammars.

  This paper describes part of the development process of a system aimed at supporting the work of interior architects. Two prototype systems are described together with detailed interviews conducted with a professional design practitioner. It will be argued that the generation of alternative solutions are vital to the early phase of design. The prototypes focus on a shape grammar and the provision of mechanisms which allow the user to manipulate the rules which constitute the grammar and thereby explore potential solutions. The first prototype incorporated the idea of spatial labels while the second included the concept of ‘loose-fit’ rules.

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  • Library of Congress:

    QA76 Computer software

  • Dewey Decimal Classification:

    005 Computer programming, programs & data


Smyth, M. (1999). Supporting decision making in design using shape grammars. In Proceedings of DMUCE 00, Second International Conference on Decision Making in Urban and Civil Engineering, 1171-1182



interior architects; prototype system; design practitioner; shape grammar; spatial labels; 'loose-fit rules';

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