Advances in Implemented Shape Grammars: Solutions and Applications

AIEDAM Special Issue, Spring 2018, Vol.32, No.2

Guest Editors: Sara Eloy, Pieter Pauwels and Athanassios Economou

This special issue frames the topic of computer implementations of shape grammars, both with a theoretical and an applied focus. The starting point of the special issue is the current state of the art regarding computer implementations of shape grammars and a discussion about how those systems can evolve in the coming years so that they can be used in real life design scenarios. We welcome contributions that target these topics on a theoretical level and/or a practical level, with state of the art reviews and practical demonstrator applications.

Theoretical state of the art reviews:

We expect contributions to document existing software implementations of shape grammars (shape grammar interpreters), including their newest features and technological advances. We encourage an in-depth technical discussion of these software implementations, thus advancing beyond the current state of the art by giving a detailed impression of the strengths and weaknesses of the available systems. We encourage authors to consider the technological advances of the documented systems in close relation with other technological advances in design and decision support tools, including parametric design tools, generative design tools, genetic algorithms, optimisation algorithms and approaches, procedural modelling and semantics-based applications.

Practical implementations:

Besides the focus on pure computer implementations of shape grammars, this special issue also calls for contributions regarding real design scenario applications. Several recent computer implementations use parametric design tools to generate design alternatives. Nevertheless, most of these implementations realise only a part of the potentials that were originally attributed to shape grammars, thereby leaving some important features as emergence, interactivity and ambiguity behind in favour of other features. Considering this myriad of implementation approaches, computer implemented shape grammar interpreters might be usable for diverse application scenarios, ranging from shape grammars for personalised customization for mass-housing to flexible, on-the-spot design grammars that are able to evolve with the design process of the designer. How can shape grammars find their way into the design process? What more can we do in shape grammars’ implementation to make them useful to a real life design scenario? Is the research driven by an academic challenge or are the implemented grammars also aiming at a future design market?

All submissions will be anonymously reviewed by at least three reviewers. The selection for publication will be made on the basis of these reviews. Information about the format and style required for AIEDAM papers can be found at:

Important dates:
Intend to submit (Title & Abstract):As soon as possible
DCC shape grammar workshop:25–26 June 2016
Submission deadline for full papers:20 October 2016
Reviews due:15 December 2016
Notification and reviews due to authors:25 January 2017
Revised version submission deadline:1 March 2017
Final revision due:15 May 2017
Issue Appears:April 2018
Guest editors:
Prof. Dr. Sara EloyDr. Ir. Arch. Pieter PauwelsProf. Dr. Athanassios Economou
ISCTE Lisbon University Institute (IUL)Dept of Architecture and Urban PlanningSchool of Architecture
Av. Forças ArmadasGhent UniversityGeorgia Institute of Technology
Ed. ISCTE-IUL - Office D3.03J. Plateaustraat 22245 4th St. NW
Lisbon 1649-0269000 GhentAtlanta, GA., 30332-0155
Email: sara.eloy @ iscte-iul.ptEmail: pipauwel.pauwels @ ugent.beEmail: thanos.economou @