Toward Design as Collaboration

Susan L. Epstein

In design, multiple disparate goals must be addressed simultaneously. It is the thesis of this work that problems in two-dimensional layout design can be solved by collaboration among single-goal, intelligent agents, each responsible for a class of objects and responsive to explicit metrics. In this model, each agent produces conflict-free designs for its own class of objects, and then, when objects conflict with each other in the combined design, the agents that own those objects address the conflicts. A limitedly rational implementation demonstrates its efficacy for park layout design in the two-dimensional plane.

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