Parametric Urban Design Thinking: Shared Patterns in Design by Algorithm and Design by Drawing

Çalışkan, Olgu
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O. Çalışkan and G. Ongun, “Parametric Urban Design Thinking: Shared Patterns in Design by Algorithm and Design by Drawing,” JOURNAL OF PLANNING EDUCATION AND RESEARCH, pp. 0–0, 2021, Accessed: 00, 2022. [Online]. Available: