Al-Sayed, K; (2011) Parametric Urban Design with Space Syntax. Presented at: Fall 2011 International Conference, Portland, Oregon.
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Architects and urbanists have been for long immersed into studying form and function as a matter of distinguishing one artefact from another. Scientific modelling of artefacts has been limited to certain theoretical approaches that were left on a distance from the practise of architectural and urban design. Designers in these domains were reluctant to allow for scientific models to be part of the design process claiming that the determinism of these models will present limitations over the creative output of designs. Moreover, they argued that parametric modelling using a set of constraints ignores the social aspect of space thus discarding designs from their own context. The latter argument cannot stand against a theory that is fundementally socio-spatial. The former argument that targets the determinism of parametric models over the novelty of formal design outcomes should yet be scrutinised. The paper explores a parametric modelling approach by implementing evident associations between form and function in shaping the parameter space that would best respond to a certain spatial structure. In that, Space becomes a proxy indicator for urban form-function parameters. The constrained space for design possibilities affords enormous variations on the shaping of design features. In this approach, the spatial structure is considered as a skeleton upon which volume is fitted and erected. The functionality that occupies this volume is derived from the skeleton’s properties. The implementation of these constraints into design decision making paves the way towards building a plausible knowledge-base for urban design and yet leaves enough space for creative variations.
|Type:||Conference item (Presentation)|
|Title:||Parametric Urban Design with Space Syntax|
|Event:||Fall 2011 International Conference|
|Keywords:||parametric urban design, space syntax|
|UCL classification:||UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Bartlett School > Bartlett School of Graduate Studies|
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