I have a set of buildings in a polygon layer which I'm going to use in a 50k map. Since the buildings are tiny I cannot show the actual form of the building, instead I'm taking the centroid of the polygon and then make a point symbol (a square) which is a lot larger than the buildings original form.
When I do this in rural areas this is fine, but when there are a lot of tiny buildings near each other I have to do some kind of generalisation.
I have managed to remove smaller buildings that are in a certain distance from larger buildings (using buffer), but when I have a lot of buildings with the same size I'm not sure how to solve this.
I've seen that ArcGIS has a function called Simplify Building which is similar to whad I'd like to achieve. Unfortunately Open Source applications on OSX is the only possibility right now.