Conference Paper
Flat Spaces and Deep Planes: Evaluating the Spatial Potential of Two-dimensional Computationally Generated Visual Stimuli

In this paper we discuss the critical, functional and conceptual implications of a method for evaluating the spatial potential of generative computational drawing as perceived by designers. The method involves the generation of sets of non-representational drawings with common algorithmic structures but different degrees of deviation from a legible order. The drawings are then interpreted by a number of designer-participants who are invited to sketch based on what they perceive. Rather than analyze the results of this experiment, we expose its implicit hypotheses and problematize its methodology. Though this process we provide frameworks for inquiry into the relationship of generative computation and the design process at a time when coding is increasingly pervasive in academia and practice.

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Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsVardouli T, Lostritto C, Bhatt M, Hölscher C, Shipley TF
Conference NameSpatial Cognition for Architectural Design
Date Published11/2011
PublisherTransregional Collaborative Research Center SFB/TR 8 Spatial Cognition SFB/TR 8 Spatial Cognition Universität Bremen / Universität Freiburg
Conference LocationBremen/Freiburg
Abstract

In this paper we discuss the critical, functional and conceptual implications of a method for evaluating the spatial potential of generative computational drawing as perceived by designers. The method involves the generation of sets of non-representational drawings with common algorithmic structures but different degrees of deviation from a legible order. The drawings are then interpreted by a number of designer-participants who are invited to sketch based on what they perceive. Rather than analyze the results of this experiment, we expose its implicit hypotheses and problematize its methodology. Though this process we provide frameworks for inquiry into the relationship of generative computation and the design process at a time when coding is increasingly pervasive in academia and practice.