Pragmatism and Spatial Layout Design

  • Susan L. Epstein
  • Bernard Moulin
  • Walid Chaker
  • Janice Glasgow
  • Jeremi Gancet
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Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 2205)


Design problems address multiple, ill-defined goals in a computationally intractable search space. Our approach to spatial layout design capitalizes on devices that people use to control search. We advocate multiple passes at increasing, class-based levels of granularity, with heavy infusions of knowledge. Our approach makes brief, inexpensive searches from good starting points, seeking ideas that satisfy multiple criteria simultaneously. The result is an autonomous program for two-dimensional layout design of recreational parks.


spatial design constraint-based reasoning cognitive structure of spatial knowledge social and cultural organization of space structure of geographic information 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Susan L. Epstein
    • 1
  • Bernard Moulin
    • 2
  • Walid Chaker
    • 2
  • Janice Glasgow
    • 3
  • Jeremi Gancet
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Computer Science, Hunter College and The Graduate SchoolThe City University of New YorkNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Computer Science Department and Research Center of GeomaticsLaval UniversitySte FoyCanada
  3. 3.Department of Computing and Information ScienceQueen’s UniversityKingstonCanada

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