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Computational Studies on Cultural Variation and Heredity

  • Ji-Hyun Lee

Part of the KAIST Research Series book series (KAISTRS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. John S. Gero
    Pages 1-13
  3. Arefin Mohiuddin, Narges Ashtari, Robert Woodbury
    Pages 15-32
  4. Hayan Kim, Jaeyoung Shin, Jin-Kook Lee
    Pages 83-93
  5. Deedee Aram Min, Namwoo Kang, Jimin Rhim, Ji-Hyun Lee
    Pages 95-105
  6. Bige Tunçer, Sumbul Khan
    Pages 115-125
  7. Mathew Schwartz, Michael Ehrlich
    Pages 127-138
  8. Athanassios Economou, Thomas Grasl
    Pages 139-160
  9. Iestyn Jowers, Chris Earl
    Pages 175-187
  10. Terry Knight
    Pages 205-224
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 225-225

About this book


This book explores the emerging concept of cultural DNA, considering its application across different fields and examining commonalities in approach. It approaches the subject from four different perspectives, in which the topics include theories, analysis and synthesis of cultural DNA artefacts.

After an opening section which reviews theoretical work on cultural DNA research, the second section discusses analysis & synthesis of cultural DNA at the urban scale. Section three covers analysis & synthesis of cultural DNA artefacts, and the final section offers approaches to grammar-based cultural DNA research.

The book places emphasis on two specific axes: one is the scale of the object under discussion, which ranges from the small (handheld artefacts) to the very large (cities); and the other is the methodology used from analysis to synthesis. This diverse approach with detailed information about grammar-based methodologies toward cultural DNA makes the book unique.

This book will serve as a source of inspiration for designers and researchers trying to find the essence, archetype, and the building blocks of our environment for the incorporation of social and cultural factors into their designs.


Cultural DNA Shape Syntax Morphological analysis Cultural Artefacts Multi-leveled Tridimensional Public Place Urban Promenade Practical Shape grammar Cultural DNA methodology cultural DNA mapping urban dna mapping urban culture design Culture and public space

Editors and affiliations

  • Ji-Hyun Lee
    • 1
  1. 1.GSCTKAISTDaejeonKorea (Republic of)

About the editors

Ji-Hyun Lee is an Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Culture Technology in KAIST. She received her Ph.D. in School of Architecture (Computational Design) at Carnegie Mellon University writing a thesis about integrating housing design and case-based reasoning. Since joining the GSCT at KAIST, her research focus narrowed down to three interdisciplinary areas that are not mutually exclusive: (1) calculation for UX + service design, (2) cultural DNA with morphological analysis, and (3) computational creativity. These explorations result in computer-based frameworks or systems contributing to the enhancement of the calculability using algorithmic and/or heuristic computational methods. In other words, her research focus is on 'computational culture' as an extension of computational design. ​

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