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The New Mathematics of Architecture

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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.Architecture has always relied on mathematics to achieve visual harmony, structural integrity, and logical construction. Now digital tools and an increasing interest in physics have given architects the means to describe and build spatial constructs that would have been inconceivable even ten years ago.This carefully researched survey of ...

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Overview

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.Architecture has always relied on mathematics to achieve visual harmony, structural integrity, and logical construction. Now digital tools and an increasing interest in physics have given architects the means to describe and build spatial constructs that would have been inconceivable even ten years ago.This carefully researched survey of forty-six international projects offers an overview of how different strategies are being employed through accessible illustrations and clear text. Each section presents case studies of projects by globally recognized architects in diagrams, photographs, and texts.

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780500290255
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson
  • Publication date: 4/1/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 1,395,943
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Jane Burry is an architect and a research fellow at RMIT University’s Spatial Information Architecture Laboratory (SIAL) in Melbourne, Australia.

Mark Burry is Director of SIAL (RMIT University’s Spatial Information Architecture Laboratory) and Founding Director of RMIT’s Design Institute.

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