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Refining a computational fractal method of analysis: testing Bovill s architectural data

By J. Vaughan and M. Ostwald

Abstract

In 1996 Bovill applied Mandelbrotis fractal method for calculating the approximate visual complexity of images to architecture. This method is one of only a limited number of quantifiable approaches to provide a measure of the relative complexity of an architectural form. However, the method has rarely been tested despite many scholars uncritically repeating Bovillis conclusions. While Bovillis original work was calculated manually, a software program, Archimage, is presently being developed by the authors as a tool to assist architectural designers and researchers to understand the visual complexity of building designs. The present research returns to Bovillis original architectural data (elevations of famous buildings) and re-calculates the results published therein using Archimage and the commercial software Benoit. These results are then compvared with those produced by Bovill (1996) and Lorenz (2003), to determine if any consistency can be found between the sets. The level of consistency will assist in determining the validity of Bovillis method and provide important data in the ongoing process to refine the Archimage software and the analytical method

Topics: Computational Analysis Tools, Design Analysis, Visual Complexity
Year: 2010
OAI identifier: oai:cumincad.architexturez.net:15016
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