Architecture's New Media: Principles, Theories, and Methods of Computer-Aided Design / Edition 1

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Overview

Computer-aided design (CAD) technology has already changed the practice of architecture, and it has the potential to change it even more radically. With Architecture's New
Media, Yehuda Kalay offers a comprehensive exposition of the principles, methods, and practices that underlie architectural computing. He discusses the aspects of information technology that are pertinent to architectural design, analyzes the benefits and drawbacks of particular computational methods, and looks at the potential of emerging computational techniques to affect the future of architectural design.CAD technology, introduced in the postwar era and adopted in everyday architectural practice beginning in the 1970s, is now so indispensable that, as William Mitchell observes in his foreword, architectural practice without it is "as unimaginable as writing without a word processor." Yet, Kalay argues, it has had little qualitative effect. This book provides a detailed introduction for practitioners, educators, students, and researchers to aspects of CAD that go beyond the improvements in drafting, modeling, and rendering for which it is commonly used.
Computer-aided architectural design (CAAD) is capable of modeling and manipulating objects (not merely their graphical representations), reasoning about and predicting performance of design solutions, generating new design solutions through algorithmic and other methods, managing vast amounts of information, and taking advantage of opportunities offered by the Internet for collaboration across time and space and for design of the virtual "space" of the Internet itself.Architecture's New Media covers five main topics: design methods and computer technology and the relationship between computers and design; the principles of communication and representation;
generative design methods; the advantages of computational methods for predicting and evaluating the performance of design solutions; and current and future developments in technology, including collaborative design, intelligent design assistants, construction automation, and virtual design environments.

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"This book delivers a lot of very palatable information and is ideal for the interested undergraduate..." -- Neil Spiller, The Architectural
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262112840
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 536
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Yehuda E. Kalay is Professor of Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley.

William J. Mitchell was the Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr., Professor of Architecture and Media
Arts and Sciences and directed the Smart Cities research group at MIT's Media Lab. He authored many books, including The World's Greatest Architect (2008) and Placing
Words: Symbols, Space, and the City
(2005), both published by the MIT Press.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
I Introduction 1
1 Design 5
2 Computing 27
3 Programming 45
4 Computing in architectural design 63
II Communication 83
5 The nature of communication 87
6 The roles of communication 99
7 Habitual methods of representation 117
8 Modeling 133
9 Visualization 161
10 The impact of computing on communication in design 189
III Synthesis 199
11 Problem exploration 205
12 Habitual methods 223
13 Procedural methods 237
14 Heuristic methods 255
15 Evolutionary methods 277
IV Evaluation 295
16 The nature of evaluation 299
17 Methods of prediction 317
18 Modalities of evaluation 337
19 Evaluating quantifiable qualities 357
20 Evaluating nonquantifiable qualities 375
V Future 393
21 Distributed, collaborative design 399
22 Intelligent design agents 419
23 Building and construction automation 441
24 Virtual places 455
25 Conclusion 475
Notes 491
Index 523
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