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Extending the Flexibility of Case-Based Design Support Tools: A Use Case in the Architectural Domain

Viktor Ayzenshtadt; Christoph Langenhan; Syed Saqib Bukhari; Klaus-Dieter Althoff; Frank Petzold; Andreas Dengel
In: The 25th International Conference on Case-Based Reasoning. International Conference on Case-Based Reasoning (ICCBR), June 26-28, Trondheim, Norway, Springer, 2017.


This paper presents results of a user study into extending the functionality of an existing case-based search engine for similar architectural designs to a flexible process-oriented case-based support tool for the architectural conceptualization phase. Based on a research examining the target group’s (architects) thinking and working processes during the early conceptualization phase (especially during the search for similar architectural references), we identified common features for defining retrieval strategies for a more flexible case-based search for similar building designs within our system. Furthermore, we were also able to infer a definition for implementing these strategies into the early conceptualization process in architecture, that is, to outline a definition for this process as a wrapping structure for a user model. The study was conducted among the target group representatives (architects, architecture students and teaching personnel) by means of applying the paper prototyping method and Business Processing Model and Notation (BPMN). The results of this work are intended as a foundation for our upcoming research, but we also think it could be of wider interest for the case-based design research area.