Interactive Visual Editing of Grammars for Procedural Architecture

Markus Lipp, Peter Wonka, Michael Wimmer
Interactive Visual Editing of Grammars for Procedural Architecture
ACM Transactions on Graphics, 27(3):102:1-10, August 2008. [paper]

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We introduce a real-time interactive visual editing paradigm for shape grammars, allowing the creation of rulebases from scratch without text file editing. In previous work, shape-grammar based procedural techniques were successfully applied to the creation of architectural models. However, those methods are text based, and may therefore be difficult to use for artists with little computer science background. Therefore the goal was to enable a visual workflow combining the power of shape grammars with traditional modeling techniques. We extend previous shape grammar approaches by providing direct and persistent local control over the generated instances, avoiding the combinatorial explosion of grammar rules for modifications that should not affect all instances. The resulting visual editor is flexible: All elements of a complex state-of-the-art grammar can be created and modified visually.

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@article{LIPP-2008-IEV,
  title =      "Interactive Visual Editing of Grammars for Procedural
               Architecture",
  author =     "Markus Lipp and Peter Wonka and Michael Wimmer",
  year =       "2008",
  abstract =   "We introduce a real-time interactive visual editing paradigm
               for shape grammars, allowing the creation of rulebases from
               scratch without text file editing. In previous work,
               shape-grammar based procedural techniques were successfully
               applied to the creation of architectural models. However,
               those methods are text based, and may therefore be difficult
               to use for artists with little computer science background.
               Therefore the goal was to enable a visual workflow combining
               the power of shape grammars with traditional modeling
               techniques. We extend previous shape grammar approaches by
               providing direct and persistent local control over the
               generated instances, avoiding the combinatorial explosion of
               grammar rules for modifications that should not affect all
               instances. The resulting visual editor is flexible: All
               elements of a complex state-of-the-art grammar can be
               created and modified visually.",
  month =      aug,
  issn =       "0730-0301",
  journal =    "ACM Transactions on Graphics",
  note =       "Article No. 102",
  number =     "3",
  volume =     "27",
  pages =      "102:1--10",
  keywords =   "procedural modeling, shape grammars, architectural modeling",
  URL =        "https://www.cg.tuwien.ac.at/research/publications/2008/LIPP-2008-IEV/",
}