Making a wall: The development of software to simulate the decisions made and physical fabrication of a dry stone wall

R B Cruise, P Ayres

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Abstract

All decisions made to create a design proposal, are based on the information the designer has about the specific criteria that influence the design: the desired function and aesthetic. The design proposal is influenced by the kind of data that is presented to the designer about the design requirements, and by the methodologies that are used to search this data for possible designs. The Dry Stone Waller is a piece of software that was written to investigate the possibilities of a given set of material in achieving certain design goals. Creating this program became an investigation into the 'strategic' nature of design tools and their relationship to the sequential 'tactical' decisions made in choosing and placing particular stones to a make a construct out of irregular components - a dry stone wall.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDesign Computing and Cognition '04
EditorsJ S Gero
Place of PublicationDordrecht
PublisherKluwer Academic Publishers
Pages275-293
Number of pages19
Publication statusPublished - 2004
EventDesign Computing and Cognition'04 - The International Conference on Design, Computing and Cognition, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Duration: 1 Jan 2004 → …

Conference

ConferenceDesign Computing and Cognition'04
CityThe International Conference on Design, Computing and Cognition, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Period1/01/04 → …

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