Impact of Using Rule Algorithms on Designers’ Behavior in a Parametric Design Environment: Preliminary Result from a Pilot Study

  • Rongrong Yu
  • John Gero
  • Ning Gu
Conference paper

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-38974-0_2

Volume 369 of the book series Communications in Computer and Information Science (CCIS)
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Yu R., Gero J., Gu N. (2013) Impact of Using Rule Algorithms on Designers’ Behavior in a Parametric Design Environment: Preliminary Result from a Pilot Study. In: Zhang J., Sun C. (eds) Global Design and Local Materialization. CAAD Futures 2013. Communications in Computer and Information Science, vol 369. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg

Abstract

This paper presents preliminary results from a pilot protocol study of the cognitive behavior differences of designers in a parametric design environment and a traditional geometry modeling environment. The aim is to explore the impact of the rule algorithm feature in parametric design by comparing designers’ behavior in these two design environments. Three architects participated in the experiment in which each of them was required to complete two design sessions, one in each environment. The protocols are coded using the function-behavior-structure (FBS) coding scheme. Preliminary results show that the overall behavior is not significantly affected by the environment; however, there are significant differences at different design stages in the two design environments.

Keywords

parametric design environment geometry modeling environment design cognition designer behavior protocol analysis 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rongrong Yu
    • 1
  • John Gero
    • 2
    • 3
  • Ning Gu
    • 1
  1. 1.School of architecture and built environmentUniversity of NewcastleNewcastleAustralia
  2. 2.Krasnow Institute for Advanced StudyGeorge Mason UniversityFairfaxUSA
  3. 3.University of North Carolina at CharlotteUSA