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Preliminary report on a system for general space planning

A computer language and a set of programs within that language are described which allow the formulating and solving of a class of space planning problems. The language is an extension of Algol and includes means to represent spaces and objects, to manipulate them, and to test the resulting arrangements according to a variety of constraints. The algorithms used to solve problems expressed in this language rely on heuristic programming. Both the language and the search algorithms are detailed.


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Representations for space planning

Problems involving the arrangement of objects in two- or three-space where the objective function primarily consists of derivatives of the distance between objects or their arrangement are called space planning problems. The representational requirements for this problem area are defined and compared with current computer graphic languages. Four alternative data structures that allow automated space planning are described and compared.

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