Computational Generation of Hutong Neighbourhoods: A procedural modelling framework to represent their urban structure



Wang, Yuyang, Agkathidis, Asterios ORCID: 0000-0002-0742-5218 and Crompton, Andrew
(2021) Computational Generation of Hutong Neighbourhoods: A procedural modelling framework to represent their urban structure. In: eCAADe 2021, 2021-09-08 - 2021-09-10, Novi Sad.

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Abstract

The Hutong neighbourhoods, composed of Chinese courtyard dwellings (Siheyuan), are historically and socially significant urban spaces that embody traditional Chinese philosophy. There is a global interest in these spaces many of which face oblivion, this study presents a formal grammar for parametrically generating Hutong neighbourhoods, which replicates the morphological characteristics of historic cases. This research investigates traditional principles of urban planning of ancient Beijing, based on examples on the historical map Qianlong Jingcheng Quantu, to derive the lost design rules. These rules are then used to build up a procedural modelling process, which reveals the development of Beijing urban structure from Yuan (1271-1368) to Qing (1368-1911) dynasty. The grammar presented in the procedural modelling process contributes to the understanding of the generation of Hutong neighbourhoods. In support of traditional Chinese urban design, the grammar will be translated into an algorithm to be implemented in a computational environment by visual scripting that will generate new instances of Hutong neighbourhoods.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Unspecified)
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of the Arts
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 09 Apr 2021 08:37
Last Modified: 03 Nov 2021 08:18
URI: https://livrepository.liverpool.ac.uk/id/eprint/3118750