Bridging the gap in constraint-based design

Veliz, A, Medjdoub, B ORCID: 0000-0002-3402-4479 and Kocaturk, T, 2011. Bridging the gap in constraint-based design. In: Leclercq, P, Heylighen, A and Martin, G, eds., CAAD Futures 2011: Designing Together: Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Computer Aided Architectural Design, University of Liège, Belgium, 4-8 July 2011. Liège, Belgium: Les Éditions de l'Université de Liège, pp. 133-147. ISBN 9782874561429

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Abstract

Mass customization is one of the most promising computational developments in the AEC industry. Despite recent advances in the production of research-based knowledge, the professional practices lack of a consistent and permanent technology adoption scheme and remain as a very resilient and fragmented industry. This work is a part of an ongoing research project developing guidelines for improving both physical and virtual modeling processes within an architectural design context. Here, we present a customizable model of a space layout explorer. The implementation of the user-driven solution-finding process is based on constraint technology embedded in Autodesk’s Revit® 2011 macros tools, commonly used in the professional practice. The aim of this work is to demonstrate a practical use of a small constraint-based system on software of widespread use. Even though there is still a lack of building information, the model has already several applications in the definition a floor plan layout and in the comparison of several instances of the design solution in the 3D user view. User-driven modifications are not made directly through the 3D model, but through different explicit text tags that describe each parameter on 2D views - although a real time 3D visualization of the model is also available. The main findings are discussed as guidelines for further research on the end-user involvement on a "creative mass customization" scheme. Also, the implementation of visual aids such as text tags during the customization process can bridge some technical obstacles for the development of interfaces for constraint-based mass customization systems. Before the final discussion, some limitations on the use of this model are described.

Item Type: Chapter in book
Creators: Veliz, A., Medjdoub, B. and Kocaturk, T.
Publisher: Les Éditions de l'Université de Liège
Place of Publication: Liège, Belgium
Date: 2011
Rights: © 2011, P. Leclercq, A. Heylighen and G. Martin (eds).
Divisions: Schools > School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 10:43
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:37
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/17209

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