Computer-Mediated Briefing for Architects

Computer-Mediated Briefing for Architects

Alexander Koutamanis (Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands)
Release Date: October, 2013|Copyright: © 2014 |Pages: 321
ISBN13: 9781466646476|ISBN10: 1466646470|EISBN13: 9781466646483|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-4647-6


With the growing significance of the end-user in architecture, the subject of briefing is a re-emerging one in architectural education. Various types of computer programs and database management systems have aided in the organization and utilization of brief information as a framework for designing and identifying potential improvements.

Computer-Mediated Briefing for Architects overviews the possibilities and limitations offered by various types of computer programs, such as database management systems, diagramming software, CAD, and BIM. This book offers a practical approach in the accommodation of these programs and is an essential reference for architectural educators, students, and practitioners with hands-on experience in either compiling briefs or using the briefs for design.

Topics Covered

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Analysis & Simulation
  • Architectural Representation
  • BIM (Building Information Modelling)
  • CAD (Computer-Aided Design)
  • Constraints & Parameterization
  • Design Briefing (Programming)
  • Design Computing / Computer-Aided Architectural Design
  • Design Conformance

Reviews and Testimonials

Koutamanis (computational design, Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands) seeks to create a link between architectural design briefs and concrete actions in a transparent way that explains what designers can do and why. He argues that developing briefs in detail and connecting them explicitly to design presupposes an intelligent partnership between architects and computers that makes the whole enterprise efficient and reliable by building on the particular strengths of each partner. He covers briefing and computerization, the brief as information system, visual databases, expressing briefs spatially as graphs, relationship matrices, brief and design, feedforward, feedback, constraints, analysis and simulation, and the future of computer-mediate briefing.

– Annotation ©2013 Book News Inc. Portland, OR

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Alexander Koutamanis is an associate professor of computational design at the Faculty of Architecture, Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands. He studied architecture at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece, and received his PhD from Delft University of Technology for research into the automated recognition of architectural drawings. He has worked as an architect, consultant, researcher, and also as a teacher. His research interests include representation, visualization, perception, analysis, typology, and information management.