Journal for Geometry and Graphics, Vol. 5, No. 1, pp. 23-33 (2001)

Shape Grammar and Form Properties of Architectural Figures

Naomi Ando, Nobuhiro Yamahata, Syuta Masumi, Masahiro Chatani

Department of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering,
Hosei University
3-7-2 Kajino-cho, Koganei, Tokyo 184-8584, Japan

Abstract: Since the beginning of history, various forms of architecture have been designed in the world. The characteristics of those forms were considered in the figure of elevation. In this study, architectural figures as the simple expression of architectural forms are analyzed to understand the shape grammar, i.e., the geometrical composition of figures, and the form properties of architecture. Firstly, the shape grammar of architectural figures is verified by presenting 74 figures of representative architecture, and secondarily, a method to evaluate the form properties is shown.

Keywords: architectural figures, shape grammar, Origamic architecture

Full text of the article will be available in end of 2002.

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