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Softspace: From a Representation of Form to a Simulation of Space [Kindle Edition]

Sean Lally , Jessica Young
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  • Print ISBN-10: 0415402018
  • Print ISBN-13: 978-0415402019
  • Edition: 1
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Book Description

This well-illustrated book unites essayists and emerging architectural practices to examine how digital tools are increasingly being used in architectural design, not only to show form, structure and geometries but also to visualize and simulate energies and material qualities such as air, gas, sound, scent and electricity.


Softspace takes stock of current advancements in design and research, while drawing on historical and ideological trajectories rooted in the past fifty years. The varied contributors examine the capabilities of such 'energy matters' to act as catalysts for design innovation today.


This well-presented and impressively authored title will provoke architects of all levels to consider the potential for creative and innovative design through the use of digital design tools.


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About the Author

Sean Lally is Caudill Visiting Assistant Professor at the Rice School of Architecture, Texas, USA 

Jessica Young is Director of Publications at the Rice School of Architecture, Texas, USA.


Product Details

  • File Size: 11307 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (December 22, 2006)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000SEFEY0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,132,423 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format:Paperback
Although compiled to benefit the architectural industry and academic

community, Softspace turns out to be accessible to anyone interested

in the life cycle of human culture and civilization and its ability to

adapt and embrace a new paradigm. This well thought out collection of

works by talented essayists speaks to our growing need of creative use

of materials to further efforts of design. It challenges the reader to

rethink their surroundings and to explore beyond conventional wisdom

and methodology of architectural construction. The compilation is well

written, logically arranged and smartly appointed with imaginative

photography and illustration. I would strongly recommend Softspace to

architectural professionals, students and enthusiasts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars MUST HAVE FOR ANY DESIGNER OR DESIGN ENTHUSIAST April 24, 2007
Format:Paperback
Even through its subtle and discreet design, SoftSpace exudes sexiness in the most understated way. It captures the very difficult to define LOUD whisper of the contemporary in the most unorthodox way. It defines the contemporary aspirations of Design with very broad strokes crossing disciplines as varied as fashion, style, sociology etc. An important book if you seek currency in your design library or a great gift for the design/architecture enthusiast.
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Sean Lally is the founder of Sean Lally/WEATHERS and assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago
www.weathers.cc

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