This article discusses interaction between multimodal representations of architectural design knowledge, particularly focusing on relating explicit and implicit types of information. The aim of the presented research is to develop a computational environment that combines several modes of representation, including and integrating different forms of architectural design knowledge. Development of an interactive digital-models library and ontological model of architectural design factors are discussed, which are complementary in nature. In a time when BIM software is seen as embodiment of domain knowledge and the future medium of architectural design, this paper presents an interaction between ontological representation of architectural design knowledge and its embodiment in interactive models, thus focusing on the process of design and design space exploration. In the digital environments that we propose, representation of different formats of knowledge, such as visual, linguistic or numeric, are integrated with relational and procedural information, design rules, and characteristics. Interactive search and query based on contextual constraints, and parametric variation of the model based on the information received from ontology are the underlying drivers for design exploration and development.
Aksamija, A. & Iordanova, I. (2010). "Computational Environments with Multimodal Representations of Architectural Design Knowledge". International Journal of Architectural Computing, Vol. 8 No. 4, pp. 439-460. http://multi-science.metapress.com/content/r4n0416v227650l6/?p=feedd5362cab4c8bb00db3c09065e7d1&pi=3