Developing a Parametric Urban Design Tool: Some Structural Challenges and Possible Ways to Overcome Them

Nicolai Steinø, Esben Obeling

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Parametric urban design is a potentially powerful tool for collaborative urban design processes. Rather than making one-off designs which need to be redesigned from the ground up in case of changes, parametric design tools make it possible keep the design open while at the same time allowing for a level of detailing which is high enough to facilitate an understanding of the generic qualities of proposed designs.

Starting from a brief overview of parametric design, this paper presents initial findings from the development of a parametric urban design tool with regard to developing a structural logic which is flexible and expandable. It then moves on to outline and discuss further development work Finally, it offers a brief reflection on the potentials and shortcomings of the software – CityEngine – which is used for developing the parametric urban design tool.
TidsskriftArchitecturae et Artibus
Udgave nummer1
Sider (fra-til)51-57
StatusUdgivet - 2014
BegivenhedHybrid Environment for Architecture: eCAADe International Workshop and Regional Conference - Bialystok University of Technology, Bialystok, Polen
Varighed: 9 maj 201410 maj 2014


KonferenceHybrid Environment for Architecture
LokationBialystok University of Technology


  • parametric design
  • design tool
  • urban design
  • tool design
  • parameters
  • scripting


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