3rd International Postgraduate Research Conference in the Built and Human Environment pages:761-771
IPRC edition:3 location:Lisbon (Portugal) date:3-4 April 2003
IDEA+ is an “Integrated Design Environment for Architecture”. The need for such an environment lies in the lack of tools that address architectural design as a process and focus on the early design phases.
The conceptual foundation for this environment has been laid out in a scheme with different design phases and scales, together with appropriate tests at different levels (Neuckermans, 1992). This scheme has been translated into a theoretical framework, the “Core Object Model” (Hendricx, 2000). The ongoing research focuses specifically on the design phase and scale transitions (Boeykens, 2002) and on a daylighting test (Geebelen, 2001).
The paper tries to lay out the implementation strategy for both the data-structure and a prototype application, which are currently in progress. The paper will discuss not only
programming aspects but also architectural issues, which has always been one of the main goals for the research project.