Artificial perception and interpretation of freehand gestures. Research Project, The Bartlett, UCL

Computer Aided Architectural Design (CAAD) has been for at least two decades an indispensable part of the designing process, superseding the T-square, radically changing both the way that architecture projects are designed and represented as well as the way that an idea is conceived. This research is an exploration of how a tool could help designers generate, fast, 3d sketches in a digital environment, by exploiting their drawing dexterousness, during the early stage of a designing process. While the focus was on how the ordinary activity of a designer to draw a sketch could be a way to derive fast results interpreted with not only rectangular topologies for basic spatial arrangement problems, it was aimed to develop a non tutorial application that utilizes the mouse as an input device for drawing lines described by arrays of vectors.
A strategy was established to identify freehand gestures, using a vector based line-recognition, and vary the meaning of a simple gesture depending on the designer’s “intention”. Defining a vocabulary of correspondences between it will allow us to develop tools that rapidly visualize computed configurations only by clicking and dragging a mouse.