3. Distributed Intelligence or a Simple Coherent Mental Model?

  1. Dr Tuba Kocatürk MSc Digital Architectural Design architect Senior Lecturer Programme Director and
  2. Dr Benachir Medjdoub PhD Lecturer Principal Investigator Reader
  1. Chris J. K. Williams1 and
  2. Roly Hudson2

Published Online: 20 APR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444392395.ch3

Distributed Intelligence in Design

Distributed Intelligence in Design

How to Cite

Williams, C. J. K. and Hudson, R. (2011) Distributed Intelligence or a Simple Coherent Mental Model?, in Distributed Intelligence in Design (eds T. Kocatürk and B. Medjdoub), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444392395.ch3

Editor Information

  1. School of the Built Environment, Salford University, UK

Author Information

  1. 1

    University of Bath, UK

  2. 2

    School of Architecture, Dalhousie University, Canada

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 20 APR 2011
  2. Published Print: 7 JAN 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444333381

Online ISBN: 9781444392395



  • distributed intelligence - or a simple coherent mental model;
  • simple coherent mental model or framework - new pieces of information appended, and design decisions;
  • models, abstractions of reality - things that exist or to capture an idea;
  • design process, models representing ideas - that do not yet exist in a material form;
  • theory of shell structures;
  • nuclear power station working simulation - of the world in animated films as WALL-E;
  • coherent mental model, combination of understanding assumptions - in simulation and careful examination of input and results;
  • Mannheim gridshell hanging model, Frei Otto, 1974;
  • structural analysis - of the Great Court roof;
  • computer programs, less rigidly structured - unexpected results emerging


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Models

  • Innovation

  • Theory

  • Calculations and safety

  • Physical models

  • Other worlds

  • Reference