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Title: Mental space as a computational metaphor for architectural design.
Author: Lee, Hwa Ryong.
ISNI:       0000 0001 3607 0375
Awarding Body: University of Liverpool
Current Institution: University of Liverpool
Date of Award: 1998
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Despite the development of computational technology and AI over the past 40 years, it is the case that the application of computers for architectural uesign, especially in the early design stage, still remains in its infancy. This thesis searches for a solution, from a theoretical framework, for the computation of design, which is different from the problem-solving paradigm often adopted. Firstly, the thesis accounts for designing as a phenomenon of design thinking-action. That is, the two activities - doing the thinking and design action - usually occur and develop simultaneously, and are characterised as a creative activity and a visual thinking process. Secondly, in order to account for the mental mechanism occurring in design thinking-action, this thesis describes the designer's mind as with a metaphor derived from current theories in image processing research in cognitive science; the ideas of mental space. In the thesis, mental space is defined as a conscious system, which has its structure and functions that can transfer external events into inner symbolic representations (design thinking) and simultaneously visualise these internal representations during the external process (design action). Thirdly, based on these theoretical assumptions, I propose a mental space computational model, which is a design computational environment to attempt to mimic the mental operations and processes in the architect's mental space. It focuses on design activities rather than design cognition; the usefulness of computers for design rather than the computability of design; and design tools rather than memorybased intelligent systems. Throughout this thesis, I try to avoid the dualistic arguments which classify architectural design as either artistic or scientific, so that I can provide an inclusive theoretical foundation in explaining design phenomena for general design studies as well as for CAAD (Computer-Aided Architectural Design).
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Computer-Aided Design