Urban pattern: Layout design by hierarchical domain splitting

Yong Liang Yang, Jun Wang, Etienne Vouga, Peter Wonka

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We present a framework for generating street networks and parcel layouts. Our goal is the generation of high-quality layouts that can be used for urban planning and virtual environments. We propose a solution based on hierarchical domain splitting using two splitting types: streamline-based splitting, which splits a region along one or multiple streamlines of a cross field, and template-based splitting, which warps pre-designed templates to a region and uses the interior geometry of the template as the splitting lines. We combine these two splitting approaches into a hierarchical framework, providing automatic and interactive tools to explore the design space.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number181
JournalACM Transactions on Graphics
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Computational design
  • Mesh optimization
  • Parcel generation
  • Region splitting
  • Street layouts

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design


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