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The 18th International CAADRIA conference was held during 15-18 May 2013 and was hosted by National University of Singapore.

Vignesh Kaushik presented a paper on ‘An Evolutionary Design Process: Adaptive-iterative explorations in computational embryogenesis’. Computational embryogenies are a special kind of genotype to phenotype mapping process widely used in explorative evolutionary systems as they provide the mechanism for generating more complex solutions. This paper focuses on how designers explore embryogenies for specific design scenarios through an adaptive-iterative process. The process is demonstrated for a complex project to generate a prototypical urban farm in Singapore. It is shown that by employing an adaptive-iterative process, the embryogeny can be made progressively more complex and less abstract, thereby allowing the exploration to be guided by the designer.

The paper was authored by Vignesh Kaushik and Patrick Janssen at the National University of Singapore.

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