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Evolution of architectural floor plans

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dc.contributor.author Flack, Robert W. J.
dc.date.accessioned 2011-10-13T20:07:05Z
dc.date.available 2011-10-13T20:07:05Z
dc.date.issued 2011-10-13
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10464/3409
dc.description.abstract Layout planning is a process of sizing and placing rooms (e.g. in a house) while a t t empt ing to optimize various criteria. Often the r e are conflicting c r i t e r i a such as construction cost, minimizing the distance between r e l a t ed activities, and meeting the area requirements for these activities. The process of layout planning ha s mostly been done by hand, wi th a handful of a t t empt s to automa t e the process. Thi s thesis explores some of these pa s t a t t empt s and describes several new techniques for automa t ing the layout planning process using evolutionary computation. These techniques a r e inspired by the existing methods, while adding some of the i r own innovations. Additional experimenLs are done to t e s t the possibility of allowing polygonal exteriors wi th rectilinear interior walls. Several multi-objective approaches are used to evaluate and compare fitness. The evolutionary r epr e s ent a t ion and requirements specification used provide great flexibility in problem scope and depth and is worthy of considering in future layout and design a t t empt s . The system outlined in thi s thesis is capable of evolving a variety of floor plans conforming to functional and geometric specifications. Many of the resulting plans look reasonable even when compared to a professional floor plan. Additionally polygonal and multi-floor buildings were also generated. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Brock University en_US
dc.subject Architecture -- Designs and plans en_US
dc.title Evolution of architectural floor plans en_US
dc.type Electronic Thesis or Dissertation en_US
dc.degree.name M.Sc. Computer Science en_US
dc.degree.level Masters en_US
dc.contributor.department Department of Computer Science en_US
dc.degree.discipline Faculty of Mathematics and Science en_US


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