A computer-aided spatial synthesis system for architectural desig
Rowe, Peter G.
Master of Architecture
A system for computer-aided spatial synthesis for application to architectural design was developed. It receives information about the spaces to be arranged and proposes a geometrical form for their organization. The special feature of this system is the ability to deal with relationships between spaces and the surrounding environment in three dimensions. After data input, the number of floors in the ultimate organization is decided and every space is assigned to an appropriate floor. Planning of each floor is then undertaken in a sequential manner. Each space is allocated to minimize the relative circulation cost, which is calculated on the basis of both relative proximity and distance among spaces. Some example solutions are presented, ranging from a simple single-story building to a four-story complex.