ITcon Vol. 11, pg. 361-372,

Computer-aided modeling applied to architectural know-how: the gothic rose window

submitted:August 2005
revised:November 2005
published:May 2006
editor(s):Kamara J M
authors:Nathalie Charbonneau, Ph.D. Candidate
École d’Architecture, Faculté de l'Aménagement, Université de Montréal, (Québec) Canada

Dominic Boulerice, Ph.D. Candidate
Department of Art History and Communication Studies, McGill University, Montréal, (Québec) Canada

David W. Booth, Associate Professor
Département d’Histoire de l’art et d’études cinématographiques, Université de Montréal, (Québec) Canada
summary:This paper explains the parameters and methodology at the heart of an ongoing research project that seeks to verify whether one can trace back the genesis of any given artefact or work of art by means of computer-aided modeling. In its endeavour our Montréal-based research team aims to initiate and propose novel methods of modeling design processes. This approach is exemplified by a case study dealing with rose tracery designs adorning Gothic cathedrals of 12th and 13th Century Île-de-France. A computerized model re-enacting their design process was developed along with an interface enabling the translation of the designer’s intentions into a virtual design space. The stated goal of this research project is to evaluate empirically to what extent our modeling strategies can grasp a given artefact as a logical and articulate ensemble. Furthermore, we seek eventually to determine whether this kind of software programme would prove an indispensable tool in the development of the architectural designer’s cognitive abilities.
keywords:architectural modeling, computer-aided design, architectural know-how, functional programming.
full text: (PDF file, 0.795 MB)
citation:Charbonneau N, Boulerice D and Booth D V (2006). Computer-aided modeling applied to architectural know-how: the gothic rose window, ITcon Vol. 11, Special issue Architectural informatics, pg. 361-372,