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The New Mathematics of Architecture
     

The New Mathematics of Architecture

by Jane Burry, Mark Burry
 

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This carefully researched survey examines how architects now use digital tools and physics to build spatial constructs that would have been inconceivable even ten years ago.

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This carefully researched survey examines how architects now use digital tools and physics to build spatial constructs that would have been inconceivable even ten years ago.

Editorial Reviews

Architects’ Journal
“A must-have book.”
Architects' Journal
A must-have book.
Architectural Record
“…thoughtful, engaging, and richly-illustrated.”
Talk Contract
“Written in refreshingly clear text with accompanying illustrations from nearly 40 international projects. Celebrates technology within the beauty of modern-day architecture”
Library Journal
Roughly five years ago, Harvard's K. Michael Hays wrote a telling essay, "Architecture by Numbers," on the growing worldwide compact between digital design and architectural design. This book surveys the growing landscape of current and forthcoming digital design—about 30 projects—to reveal the continuing reach of this new algorithmic "science" of design into architecture. Ironically, few of the designs and buildings illustrated here can be wholly divorced from natural phenomena, such as schisms, chaos, fractals, fluids, streamlines, hyperbole, topology, etc. Simultaneously, much of it is also minimally and typologically mathematical. This book is merely a digitally produced portfolio of specific projects and works, aimed at the international audience of designers and clients, both students and practitioners. The main interests are mathematics and geometries. The book does not contain any of the historical or humanistic interpretation found in Antoine Picon's most recent Digital Culture in Architecture, which powerfully circumscribes the current style into "a Second Enlightenment." VERDICT Fans of this theory of architecture will be interested.—Peter S. Kaufman, Boston Architectural Coll.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780500290255
Publisher:
Thames & Hudson
Publication date:
04/01/2012
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
1,153,913
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Jane Burry holds a degree in mathematics and is a registered architect. She is currently a research fellow at RMIT’s Spatial Information Architecture Laboratory (SIAL) in Melbourne.

Mark Burry is professor and director of SIAL and founding director of RMIT’s Design Institute.He is an international expert on the architecture of Antoni Gaudí, and is currently using digital technology to help complete the Sagrada Família in Barcelona.

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