A design evaluation model for architectural competitions: Measuring entropy of multiple factors in the case of municipality buildings

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Güzelci O. Z., Şener S. M.

A/Z ITU Journal of the Faculty of Architecture, vol.15, no.1, pp.107-122, 2018 (Scopus) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 15 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Doi Number: 10.5505/itujfa.2018.60362
  • Journal Name: A/Z ITU Journal of the Faculty of Architecture
  • Journal Indexes: Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.107-122
  • Keywords: Architectural competition, Entropy, Information theory, Municipality building, Non-dominated sorting algorithm
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


© 2018, Istanbul Teknik Universitesi, Faculty of Architecture. All rights reserved.Various types of information embedded in the built environment or buildings can be measured by using methods such as entropy to give objective, precise and quantitative results. Jury evaluation is a process where buildings are evaluated subjectively without predefined selection criteria, and that criteria are weighted. The model developed in this study investigatesthe relationship between entropy values calculated for buildings, and the success obtained as a result of the jury evaluation. Since both design and jury evaluation are not dependent on a single factor, the relationship between single entropy values and the success of the projects cannot be questioned. Therefore, the model being developed in this study handles 5 different entropy values calculated according to 5 factors, weighted independently, and finds total entropy values. To achieve similar results to jury evaluation, a non-dominated sorting algorithm for weighting factors was utilized in relation to an inverted U graph. By finding the weighting between the entropy values, the study aims to resolve a parametric foundation for jury evaluation. Within the scope of this study, 24 municipality building projects designed for architectural project competition between 2015 and 2016 in Turkey, and which have received awards have been evaluated.