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This thesis attempts to synthesize knowledge from the fields of architecture, engineering, and computer science in the context of design. In particular, a novel approach to modeling the architectural and engineering design of structural connections is presented. Computer automation using parametric object-oriented methods for quantitative design is new for connections, and the inclusion of qualitative features native to architectural considerations presents a more holistic view to automated<span class="external-identifiers"> <a target="_blank" rel="external noopener noreferrer" href="https://doi.org/10.14288/1.0050389">doi:10.14288/1.0050389</a> <a target="_blank" rel="external noopener" href="https://fatcat.wiki/release/fh5gyu3ur5bllh7cbvmgbb57rm">fatcat:fh5gyu3ur5bllh7cbvmgbb57rm</a> </span>
more »... gn of connections. A unique method of representing connections as a kit of parts for assembly is presented that is based on the load path within the connection. The configuration model facilitates engineering discretization and evaluation; while the connection, if properly designed, can be more easily "read" by the observer - a desirable feature of a good work of architecture. Quantitative aspects, typically thought of as engineering qualities, are combined with the adapted qualitative, typically architectural, aspects of a designed artifact through the use of dynamic fuzzy logic membership functions. A fuzzy logic adaptation of the qualitative attributes of a designed artifact can be used for assessing or generating aesthetics consistent within the scope of aesthetic definitions offered by the designer. The adaptation, therefore, does not constrain the designer to a prescribed attribute definition, but an architectural expression which is personal and unique. A brief development of membership function representation, calibration, and application is offered. Results from a particular demonstrative study of proximity, and another on colour reveal a promising application of fuzzy logic technology to qualitative design issues. Among a number of smaller innovations, the main contribution of this thesis to the advancement of knowledge is three fold: a new method to represent structural connections in general; a synthesis of truths underlying connection configuration design in timber structures so that design [...]
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