Generative Systems in Design: A Container Settlement Generator

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Torus B., Şen Bayram A. K., Doma O. O., Şener S. M.

iaSU 2019 “Archi-Cultural Interactions through the Silkroad”, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, 24 - 26 June 2019, pp.51-53

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Summary Text
  • City: Ulaanbaatar
  • Country: Mongolia
  • Page Numbers: pp.51-53
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Architectural thinking is constantly with the increase in technological capabilities of computational power over the design process. Computational tools for architecture have gone beyond their usual use in representation and practice. Architects use computational support as an amplifier of their cognitive capabilities, to explore various solutions. Development of a computational tool becomes the design problem that requires the integration of technical knowledge. Architects turn into decision makers, who set limits, specify possible actions and define the tool’s creation range. This kind of computational design tools also gives the non-expert designers the chance to use their own ideas for less complex architectural problems. Generative system is an emerging design method that uses the kind of pre-designed toolsets mentioned above, to create alternatives for its users. There are various systems and methods used; genetic algorithms are used in these systems. They are characterized by the transmissions of the characteristics from one generation to the next by genes, which highly involve the evolution of the solution according to the fitness criteria. These algorithms are mainly searching for tools to find the optimized design solution constrained and parameterized by numerous predefined inputs. In some methods performance is the main factor which is capable of producing concepts and stimulating solutions based on models of design conditions and performance criteria. With this understanding, a tool named bBox is designed as a generative designing tool for non-experts to generate design alternatives for different size of sites under the light of different parameters, which are defined by users due to the condition.