Visual representations form one of the most successful and yet most underrated-especially in the framework of the computerization of architecture-devices of architectural design. Recent advances in computer-aided design, as well as the emerging need to explore and utilize more extensively the cognitive aspects of architecture could lead to a reconsideration of the forms and roles of computer-based architectural visual representations. The paper outlines a number of forthcoming applications, mainly with respect to the relationships between computer graphics, computer vision and architectural design thinking. It is proposed that the capability of automated recognition transforms the computer into an efficient, knowledgeable design assistant who supports and anticipates the activities of the architect during designing and facilitates automation of building construction and supervision.
- computer vision
- computer-aided design