Nossa pesquisa se apóia na reflexão sobre a criação de novos instrumentos informatizados de auxílio à concepção inicial em arquitetura. Assim, nós construímos um modelo de maquete informatizada chamado “kaléidoscope”. Este modelo é fundado na idéia de que os arquitetos utilizam referências externas como estratégia de construção de novas idéias de projeto e que é possível organizar este conhecimento referencial, tendo a imagem como elemento essencial. Este artigo apresenta as quatro “idéias–guias” que permitiram a elaboração da primeira versão do sistema “kaléidoscope”.

Our research focuses on how to create new types of computer tools, which aims to help early architectural design phase. Therefore we constructed a prototype named “kaleidoscope “. This system is based on the notion that architects use some external references as a strategy to construct new project ideas and that it is possible to organize this referential knowledge.This article presents four guide-lines which allowed the development of the first version of “kaleidoscope” system. As we succeed in broadening and deepening our knowledge - theoretical and empirical – about computers, wediscover that in large part their behavior is governed by simple general laws, that what appeared as complexity in the computer program was to a considerable extent complexity of the environment to which the program was seeking to adapt its behavior.