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Emergence, Creativity, and Computational Tractability in Shape Grammers

Published

Author(s)

Scott Chase

Abstract

Emergence supports creativity in that emergent features can be considered unanticipated or accidental. The body of shape grammar research over the past quarter century has demonstratated that, within a strictly circumscribed space of designs, it is possible to be creative and generate innovative designs. In order to develop generative design systems which support emergence, one should have the foundation of an unrestricted formal model of grammers and shape representation. It also seems apparent that there needs to be a clear sense of what the space of desired designs will be. This, coupled with an understanding of the consequences of possible restrictions (upon grammars and algebraic representations) which in be enacted toward the goal of computational tractability, can hopefully lead to computer implementations which are viable for many practical problems. If chosen carefully, these restrictions will still enable creativity through emergence.
Proceedings Title
Proceedings of the Creativity and Computational Tractability in Shape Grammars in Preprints of workshop, Interactive Systems for Supporting the Emergence of Concepts and Ideas, CHI '97
Conference Dates
March 23-25, 1997
Conference Location
Atlanta, GA

Keywords

creativity, emergence, shape grammars

Citation

Chase, S. (1997), Emergence, Creativity, and Computational Tractability in Shape Grammers, Proceedings of the Creativity and Computational Tractability in Shape Grammars in Preprints of workshop, Interactive Systems for Supporting the Emergence of Concepts and Ideas, CHI '97, Atlanta, GA, [online], https://tsapps.nist.gov/publication/get_pdf.cfm?pub_id=821064 (Accessed November 28, 2021)
Created March 1, 1997, Updated February 17, 2017