Interdisciplinary Communication of Design Critique in the Conceptual Design Stage

by Renate Fruchter, Stanford Univ, Stanford, United States,
Mark J. Clayton, Stanford Univ, Stanford, United States,
Helmut Krawinkler, Stanford Univ, Stanford, United States,
John Kunz, Stanford Univ, Stanford, United States,
Paul Teicholz, Stanford Univ, Stanford, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Computing in Civil and Building Engineering


Computer tools provide little support for the communication of design concepts and problems across disciplines. Our objective is to help bridge the communication gap between architects and structural engineers. We propose a formal approach for interdisciplinary communication to support collaborative conceptual design and present a preliminary framework called Interdisciplinary Communication Medium (ICM). In developing ICM, we have exploited computer-aided design (CAD) and artificial intelligence (AI) techniques. The conceptual model for formalizing the design process is based on a propose-critique-modify paradigm. The purpose of ICM is to support: (1) Use of a shared building model by both disciplines; (2) Interpretation of the building model into discipline models; (3) Linking the graphic and symbolic models; (4) Critiquing using symbolic models; (5) Creating graphic explanations of critique results; and (6) Communicating interdisciplinary conflicts.

Subject Headings: Bridge design | Conceptual design | Decision support systems | Graphic methods | Computer models | Architects | Frames | Computer aided operations

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