Assignment 1

In this assignment you are asked to map the room list and the adjacency specifications for a small Computer Science building into predefined building forms.

Specifications and Constraints

  • The Room List
  • Room Type ASF each How Many Total ASF
    Faculty Offices 180 20 3600
    Faculty Secretary Offices 150 6 900
    Seminar Rooms 250 4 1000
    Student Offices (4ea) 200 30 6000
    Res.Comp. Machine Room 800 1 800
    Research Labs 500 3 1500
    Chair's Office 300 1 300
    Dept. Staff Offices 150 4 600
    Reception Area 300 1 300
    Auditorium 2400 1 2400
    Large Classroom 800 2 1600
    Small Classroom 500 2 1000
    Instr. Comp. Machine Room 800 1 800
    Instr. Labs 1000 2 2000
    Dept. Lounge 1200 1 1200
    Total assignable SF 24000
    Gross total SF 40000

  • Adjacency Matrix
  • ____type__of__room_____Fa.OfSc.OfSem.RSt.OfRs.CRRs.LbCh.OfDp.OfRecp.Audi.Lg.ClSm.ClIs.CRIs.LbLnge.
    Faculty Offices2..............Fa.Of
    Faculty Secretary Offices21.............Sc.Of
    Seminar Rooms110............Sem.R
    Student Offices1202...........St.Of
    Res. Comp. Machine Room00010..........Rs.CR
    Research Labs100221.........Rs.Lb
    Chair's Office1000000........Ch.Of
    Dept. Staff Offices01010022.......Dp.Of
    Reception Area-100-10-1120......Recp.
    Large Classroom-2-2-1-100-2-1-111....Lg.Cl
    Small Classroom-2-2-1-100-2-1-1121...Sm.Cl
    Instr. Comp. Machine Room-2-2-1-10-1-2-1-11110..Is.CR
    Instr. Labs-2-2-1-10-1-2-1-111122.Is.Lb
    Dept. Lounge00010000-1-2-2-2-2-20Lnge.

  • Building Geometries
  • Group A
    The Cube:
    4-story square building.
    The Corner:
    3-story L-shaped building.
    The Flat:
    2-story building with 2 notches.
    Group B
    The Court:
    3-story building with courtyard.
    The Cross:
    4-story X-shaped building.
    Twin Towers:
    5-story building in 2 towers.

    The Design Task

    Design rough symbolic floorplans that accommodate the specified building program in one of the given forms. Draw the various rooms as adjacent rectangles of proper dimensions. Since the assignable square footage is about 60% of the gross square footage of each building, you should fill each floor to about 60%; the remainder will be used up by corridors, stairs, elevators, bathrooms, ventilation shafts, cable chases, maintenance closets. Of all those facilities, just concentrate on corridors, stairs, and elevators, for now. Think about the traffic patterns as you lay out the floorplans. There are some prototype computer tools to help you in this task. To the degree that these tools are installed and working, use them as follows:
    1. With the Bubble Diagram Builder convert the room list specifications into a bubble diagram, and then organize this diagram logically so as to show the desirable groupings that are indicated in the adjacency matrix.
    2. From the Floor Space Manager read in the floorplans for one of the predefined building forms and then move bubbles from the bubble diagram into the floor outlines, thus converting the entire bubble diagram into a set of symbolic floor plans. Also add bathrooms, stairs and elevators. Floor space not explicitly used will become corridor space.
    3. Call the Floorplan Generator to add automatically generated default doors and windows to the input floor plans, and to flesh out the nonexistent separations between the symbolic rooms into thick walls so that the representation looks more like an architectural floorplan. (To the degree that the tool permits editing operations, you may want to get rid of some of the unnecessary doors.)
    4. Use the Schematic Checker Tool to interactively check the distances between a few pairs of rooms and see whether they conform to the preferences expressed in the adjacency matrix.
      (We hope to enhance this tool so that it can work in batch mode and can check all the entries in the adjacency matrix.)

    Some initial results.

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