Implementing the Santa Marta Urban Grammar - a pedagogical tool for design computing in architecture

Eduardo Castro e Costa, Debora Verniz, Siavash Varasteh, Mark Miller, José Pinto Duarte

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We present a tool intended to enable non-expert users to apply and manipulate a shape grammar, SMUG, which encodes the urban design of informal settlements such as favelas. Such tool, the Interpreter, was developed considering that students would be its main users, and therefore we consider this grammar implementation to potentially be a multipurpose pedagogical tool since it supports conveying knowledge about urban design, shape grammars and parametric modeling using Grasshopper. This paper focuses on the development of the Interpreter and discusses the results of its use in a design studio, which can better inform subsequent iteration as well as other courses and schools.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationArchitecture in the Age of the 4th Industrial Revolution
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 37th eCAADe and 23rd SIGraDi Conference
EditorsJose Pedro Sousa, JP Xavier, Goncalo Castro Henriques
Place of PublicationUniversity of Porto, Porto, Portugal
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 26 Aug 2019


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