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Publication type: Article
Author: Mehul Bhatt, Joana Hois, Oliver Kutz
Title: Ontological Modelling of Form and Function for Architectural Design
Journal: Applied Ontology Journal (AOJ)
Year published: 2012
Abstract: Form, function and the relationship between the two are notions that have served a crucial role in design. Within architectural design, key aspects of the anticipated function of buildings, or of spatial environments in general, are supposed to be determined by their structural form, i.e., their shape, layout, or connectivity. Whereas the philosophy of form and function is a well-researched topic, the practical relations and dependencies between form and function are only known implicitly by designers and architects. Specifically, the formal modelling of structural form and resulting artefactual function within design and design assistance systems remains elusive. In our work, we aim at making these definitions explicit by the ontological modelling of domain entities, their properties and related constraints. We interpret “(structural) form” and “(artefactual) function” by specifying modular ontologies and their connections for the architectural design domain. A key aspect of our modelling approach is the use of formal qualitative spatial calculi and conceptual requirements as a link between the structural form of a design and the differing functional capabilities that it affords or leads to.We demonstrate the manner in which our ontological modelling reflects types of architectural form and function, and how it facilitates the conceptual modelling of requirement constraints for architectural design.
Internet: http://iospress.metapress.com/content/k1671w832553r045/
PDF Version: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/17077973/papers/AOJ-Bhatt-Hois-Kutz-11.pdf
PostScript Version: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/17077973/papers/AOJ-Bhatt-Hois-Kutz-11.pdf
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Status: Reviewed
Last updated: 02. 06. 2012

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