The mental canvas: A tool for conceptual architectural design and analysis

Julie Dorsey, Songhua Xu, Gabe Smedresman, Holly Rushmeier, Leonard McMillan

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Abstract

We describe a computer graphics system that supports conceptual architectural design and analysis. We use as a starting point the traditional sketchbook drawings that architects use to experiment with various views, sections, and details. Rather than interpret or infer 3D structure from drawings, our system is designed to allow the designer to organize concept drawings in 3D, and gradually fuse a series of possibly geometrically- inconsistent sketches into a set of 3D strokes. Our system uses strokes and planar "canvases" as basic primitives; the basic mode of input is traditional 2D drawing. We introduce methods for the user to control stroke visibility and transfer strokes between canvases. We also introduce methods for the user to position and orient the canvases that have infinite extent. We demonstrate the use of the system to analyze existing structures and conceive new designs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - The Pacific Conference on Computer Graphics and Applications Pacific Graphics 2007, PG
Pages201-210
Number of pages10
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2007
Event15th Pacific Conference on Computer Graphics and Applications, Pacific Graphics 2007, PG - Maui, HI, United States
Duration: Oct 29 2007Nov 2 2007

Publication series

NameProceedings - Pacific Conference on Computer Graphics and Applications
ISSN (Print)1550-4085

Other

Other15th Pacific Conference on Computer Graphics and Applications, Pacific Graphics 2007, PG
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityMaui, HI
Period10/29/0711/2/07

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Science(all)

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