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Mass Customizing The Relations Of Design Constraints For Designer-built Computational Models

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Title Mass Customizing The Relations Of Design Constraints
For Designer-built Computational Models
Creator Ercan, Selen
Subject AS Academies and Learned Societies (General) 1-911
Design Constraints, Computational Design Model, Designer
Actions, Mass Customization
Description The starting motivation of this study is to develop an intuitively strong
approach to addressing architectural design problems through
computational models. Within the scope of the thesis, the complexity of
an architectural design problem is modeled computationally by translating
the design reasoning into parameters, constraints and the relations
between these. Such a model can easily become deterministic and defy
its purpose, if it is customized with pre-defined and unchangeable
relations between the constraints.
This study acknowledges that the relations between design constraints
are bound to change in architectural design problems, as exemplified in
the graduation project of the author. As such, any computational design
model should enable designers to modify the relations between
constraints. The model should be open for modifications by the designer.
The findings of the research and the architectural design experiments in
the showcase project suggest that this is possible if mass customized
sequences of abstract, modifiable and reusable relations link the design
constraints with each other in the model. Within the scope of this thesis,
the designer actions are mass-customized sequences of relations that
may be modified to fit the small design tasks of relating specific design
constraints. They relate the constraints in sequence, and are mass
customized in an abstract, modifiable and reusable manner. Within this
study, they are encoded in Rhino Grasshopper definitions. As these mass
customized relations are modifiable, they are seen as a remedy for
enabling the designers to build models that meet individual and intuitive
needs of the design problems that designers define.
Publisher METU
Contributor Ozkar, Mine
Date 2010-09-01
Type M.S. Thesis
Format text/pdf
Language Eng
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