Architectural floor plans were created by means of evolutionary search. Design problems typically require an embryogeny, which maps genotypes on phenotypes. Different classes of embryogenies including cellular automata (CA) were examined. Various CAs were devised, categorised, and evaluated using a floor plan problem with 7 rooms. Various types and combinations of chemical concentration gradients, which provided global positional information, were incorporated and scrutinised. A hybrid embryogeny was discovered, which outperformed other methods. The technique was applied to other problems of different complexity and characteristics and proved to be a viable method for the creative design of small to medium-sized floor plans. Acknowledgment
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