Dr. Safwan Al-Assaf
Head of Urban Planning & Environment Department
College of Architecture, Al Baath University
To date, the use of an expert system in the field of urban
planning has been limited to the development of ideas and
concepts in the context of a few prototype systems. The slowness
in the emergence of practical system may be the disparities
between the type of problems planners typically deal with
(multidisciplinary; social, economic, political) and the type of
problems for which the problem-solving approach of expert
system is suited.
This paper contributes towards exploring the design of an
advice-type unit which augments housing planners' expertise in:
(i) digesting ill-structured housing problems; and (ii) selecting
the best plan or appropriate alternatives.
The discussion in this paper focuses on three main points: a well
defined problem domain in the context of preparing Local
Housing Strategy (LHS), the selected knowledge domain with
the decision graph structure adopted for this advice unit, and
the architectural design of this unit.