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José Nuno Dinis Cabral Beirão

affiliate researcher

Professor (Assistant) at University of Lisbon


He graduated in architecture from FAUTL in 1989, date since which he practices the profession of architect, having been a founding member of bquadrado arquitectos lda.( He finished his master thesis at ISCTE in 2005. The thesis is entitled: "Urban Grammars: for a methodology of flexible urban design" and deals with an analytical study of algorithm-based design methods in order to obtain urban plans with greater flexibility of response and adaptation to the variations of premises. In his doctoral thesis, entitled "CItyMaker: Designing Grammars for Urban Design" completed in 2012 at the TU Delft, Netherlands, he develops the concept further by proposing a set of algorithms called 'urban induction patterns' described using the formalism of shape grammars (Stiny and Gips, 1972). These are technically generic grammars applicable in the development of parametric urban models. The thesis presents the concept of City Information Modeling (CIM) which combines the development of parametric models and associated georeferenced information as a basis for analytically supported urban design. He is currently working exclusively at FAULisboa where he is developing research related to the applications of CIM in urban design and planning. His main interests are: parametric data-driven urban design; algorithmically supported design; systems design; grammars of form; housing with special focus on the design of customizable systems. Computational media and digital fabrication are the tools that enable the development of advanced work in these areas of interest.


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