Inverse procedural modeling of facade layouts

Fuzhang Wu, Dong Ming Yan, Weiming Dong, Xiaopeng Zhang, Peter Wonka

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In this paper, we address the following research problem: How can we generate a meaningful split grammar that explains a given facade layout? To evaluate if a grammar is meaningful, we propose a cost function based on the description length and minimize this cost using an approximate dynamic programming framework. Our evaluation indicates that our framework extracts meaningful split grammars that are competitive with those of expert users, while some users and all competing automatic solutions are less successful.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number121
JournalACM Transactions on Graphics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014
Event41st International Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques, ACM SIGGRAPH 2014 - Vancouver, BC, Canada
Duration: Aug 10 2014Aug 14 2014


  • Facades
  • Inverse procedural modeling
  • Procedural modeling
  • Shape grammars
  • Urban modeling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design


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