Emergence is one of the most exciting new fields in architecturetoday, gaining interest from not only academics and students butalso leading professionals, with directors from Fosters, Arup andBentley Systems all attending the most recent symposium on thesubject at the Architects Association, London.
As a concept, Emergence has captured the zeitgeist, embodyingthe pervasive cultural interest in genetics and biologicalsciences. In the sciences, Emergence is an explanation of hownatural systems have evolved and maintained themselves, and ithas also been applied to artificial intelligence, informationsystems, economics and climate studies. The potential of themathematics of Emergence that underlie the complex systems ofnature is now being realised by engineers and architects for theproduction of complex architectural forms and effects, in advancedmanufacturing of ‘smart’ materials and processes, andin the innovative designs of active structures and responsiveenvironments.
- The first book to provide a detailed exploration of thearchitectural and engineering consequences of this paradigm, anda detailed analysis of geometries, processes and systems to beincorporated into new methods of working.
- Sets out a new model of ‘Metabolism’ that usesnatural systems and processes as a model far beyond the minimisingenvironmental strategies of ‘sustainability’.
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About the Author
Michael Weinstock is an architect and a distinguished academic. He was born in Germany in 1948, lived as a child in the Far East and then West Africa, and attended an English public school until he ran away to sea at age 17 after reading Conrad. His years at sea were spent in traditional wooden sailing ships, with shipyard and shipbuilding experience. He studied architecture at the Architectural Association, and has taught there since 1989 in a variety of positions from Workshop tutor through to Academic Head, and has published, taught and lectured across the world for many years.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Nature and Civilization.
Chapter 2 Climate and the Forms of the Atmosphere.
Chapter 3 Surface and the Forms of the Land.
Chapter 4 Living Forms.
Chapter 5 The Forms of Metabolism.
Chapter 6 Human – Anatomical and Cultural Forms.
Chapter 7 City Forms.
Chapter 8 The Forms of Information, Energy and Ecology.
Chapter 9 Emergence.