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Shape exploration in design: formalising and supporting a transformational process

Lim, Sungwoo and Prats, Miquel and Jowers, Iestyn and Chase, Scott and Garner, Steve and McKay, Alison and , AHRC (Funder) and , EPSRC (Funder) (2008) Shape exploration in design: formalising and supporting a transformational process. International Journal of Architectural Computing, 6 (4). pp. 415-433. ISSN 1478-0771

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    The process of sketching can support the sort of transformational thinking that is seen as essential for the interpretation and reinterpretation of ideas in innovative design. Such transformational thinking, however, is not yet well supported by computer-aided design systems. In this paper, outcomes of experimental investigations into the mechanics of sketching are described, in particular those employed by practising architects and industrial designers as they responded to a series of conceptual design tasks,. Analyses of the experimental data suggest that the interactions of designers with their sketches can be formalised according to a finite number of generalised shape rules. A set of shape rules, formalising the reinterpretation and transformations of shapes, e.g. through deformation or restructuring, are presented. These rules are suggestive of the manipulations that need to be afforded in computational tools intended to support designers in design exploration. Accordingly, the results of the experimental investigations informed the development of a prototype shape synthesis system, and a discussion is presented in which the future requirements of such systems are explored.

    Item type: Article
    ID code: 13632
    Keywords: drawings, conceptual design, shape transformations, shape rules computer-aided design, design engineering, Visual arts (General), Drawing Design Illustration, Architecture, Engineering design, Building and Construction, Computer Science Applications, Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
    Subjects: Fine Arts > Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
    Fine Arts > Drawing Design Illustration
    Fine Arts > Architecture
    Technology > Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General) > Engineering design
    Department: Faculty of Engineering > Design, Manufacture and Engineering Management
    Faculty of Engineering > Architecture
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    Depositing user: Dr Scott C. Chase
    Date Deposited: 08 Jan 2010 12:03
    Last modified: 05 Sep 2014 13:18

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