The content-based image retrieval as an assistance tool to the architectural design domain
The architectural design requires a research of ideas and a documentation to help the designer in his creation work. It is a domain where the use of pictures (drawing, photography,...) is essential, because the information transmitted by photographic images are easier to understand than those transmitted by texts. The goal of this work is to show the help that can bring the research of images indexed by visuals criteria, as colour, texture and shape, in the architectural design domain. For that, we tested a research tool resting on image indexing with their graphic attributes. Two types of corpora have been used. The first one contains images illustrating building products and the second one shows buildings or parts of buildings belonging to the wood architecture domain. The objective of this experiment is to evaluate the relevance of this type of image indexing according to the users needs. Also, we try to determine which type of visual criteria is the most appropriate to help the designer in the various phases of the design process.