The quality of designs by shape grammar systems and architects: A comparative test on refurbishing Lisbon’s rabo-de-bacalhau apartments

Sara Eloy, Pieter E. Vermaas, Marina A.P. Andrade

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Abstract

This paper compares the quality of designs generated by shape grammar systems with designs created by professional architects. It describes an experiment in which evaluators ranked the quality of preliminary designs for refurbishing Lisbon’s rabo-de-bacalhau apartments. The result showed that the design quality of the grammar solutions for the task was similar to that of the designs by professional architects. Thus, this paper argues that shape grammars can be used as stand-alone design systems in architecture. The practical value is that shape grammar systems become alternative means of taking up design challenges that currently require too much effort by architects to be economically feasible, such as refurbishing all of Lisbon’s rabo-de-bacalhau apartments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)271-294
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Architectural and Planning Research
Volume34
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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