A Grammar-Based Methodology to Support the Adaptive Reuse of Historic Buildings

This work seeks to illustrate how accurate geometries derived from point clouds can be used to assist in generating new adaptive reuse designs. Geometry and boundary conditions of a structure are often oversimplified when common adaptive reuse techniques, such as laser scanning and photogrammetry, are applied. Thus, this work develops a grammar-based methodology that supports fully actualized floor plan analysis for a historical dwelling.

The case study for this research is the Sobrado building type, an architectural typology prevalent in the historical center of Sao Luis, Brazil.


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Work Title A Grammar-Based Methodology to Support the Adaptive Reuse of Historic Buildings
Subtitle The case study of the Sobrado building type
Open Access
  1. Daniele Melo Santos Paulino
  2. Rebecca Napolitano
  3. Heather Ligler
  4. Ella Hill
  1. Shape grammars
  2. Adaptive reuse
  3. 3D modeling
  4. Historic buildings
  5. Sobrado (architecture)
License CC BY-NC 4.0 (Attribution-NonCommercial)
Work Type Poster
Publication Date September 23, 2021
  1. Fall 2021 Stuckeman Research Open House
Deposited February 16, 2022




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