Published in Proceedings of InterSymp-1996: The 8th International Conference on Systems Research, Informatics and Cybernetics: Baden-Baden, Germany, August 14, 1996, pages 81-92. Publisher website: http://www.iias.edu.
This paper describes KOALA, a design system with primary focus on the predesign stage of architectural design. KOALA combines object-agent technology with high level representation to form a partnership between the human designer and the computer-based design environment. A diverse taxonomy of agents including Domain agents. Space agents, and Monitor agents work in a collaborative fashion to provide the human designer with expert evaluation and assistance in developing a design solution. Spaces, in their roles as agents attempt to formulate various design solutions based on individual perspectives through negotiation with other agents. The result is a highly interactive design environment rich in agent-based assistance and exploration.