Towards the implementation of a composite Cellular Automata model for the exploration of design space

Camilo Cruz, Justyna Karakiewicz, Michael Kirley

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In this paper, we introduce a novel composite Cellular Automata (CA) model to explore the space of design for human environments. Consisting of multiple, regularly spaced, interleaved 1D CA, our model provides a mechanism to evolve flexible spatial units, where the 'cells' are not defined as programmatic elements but as 'form-making' elements. The efficacy of this approach is evaluated via a standard methodology, typically used in the study of complex adaptive systems. We systematically examine the dynamics of a series of instances of the composite CA by varying initial conditions and transition rules. A measure of entropy is used to validate emergent patterns. Subsequently, we investigate whether the composite CA is capable of generating aggregate spatial units to match specific spatial configurations, using a well-known example as a benchmark. This phase allows us to bring an understanding of the results into the context of architectural design.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCAADRIA 2016, The 21st Conference on Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia
EditorsNik Sheng-Fen Chien
Place of PublicationHong Kong China
PublisherThe Association for Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia (CAADRIA)
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9789881902672
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes
EventAssociation for Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia (CAADRIA) annual conference 2016 - Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 30 Mar 20162 Apr 2016
Conference number: 21st (Website)


ConferenceAssociation for Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia (CAADRIA) annual conference 2016
Abbreviated titleCAADRIA 2016
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  • Cellular automata
  • Design space
  • Generative design

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