A study of emergence in the generation of Islamic geometric patterns’

Jowers, Iestyn; Prats, Miquel; Eissa, Hesham and Lee, Ji-Hyun (2010). A study of emergence in the generation of Islamic geometric patterns’. In: Dave, B.; Li, A. I.; Gu, N. and Park, H.-J. eds. New Frontiers: Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia CAADRIA 2010. Hong Kong: CAADRIA, pp. 39–48.


Generative design is concerned with the definition and exploration of design spaces, and it has been suggested that emergence plays a key role in this process. In this paper, the impact of emergence on a design space is explored via consideration of different methods used to generate designs in a particular style. Three distinct methods of generating Islamic geometric patterns have been investigated and the extent to which emergence is employed in these methods has been explored. This research supports a discussion on the role of emergence in generative design, and an investigation into how design spaces are affected by the type of emergence employed in a generative process.

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