City environment is very much determined by the design of its streets and in particular by the design of its cross section. This paper shows a street cross section design interface where designs are controlled by an ontology and a parametric design system. The system keeps its semantic structure through the ontology and provides a design interface that understands the computer interaction needed by the urban designer. Real time visual analytics are used to support the design decision process, allowing designers to objectively compare designs and measure the differences between them, in order to make informed decisions.
KeywordsParametric design Ontologies Compound grammars Street cross section Urban design systems
This work is integrated in the “Measuring Urbanity: densities and performance of extensive urban fabrics. The Portuguese case” research project at the Research Center for Architecture, Urbanism and Design (CIAUD) at the Faculty of Architecture, University of Lisbon (FA/ULisboa). The first author would like to thank for the research grant CIAUD_BI_09/ EAT/04008, which made this work possible.
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