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Twelve Lectures on Architecture: Algorithmic Sustainable Design Paperback – December 10, 2010
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"The author presents mathematical concepts and computer technologies: fractals, cellular automata, genetic algorithms. He shows us the beauty of mathematics through its usage. Formulating his message through a broad spectrum of topics, Salingaros appears to be a true Renaissance figure."
~ Jadwiga Zarnowiecka, Architektura & Bisnes
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Dr. Salingaros collaborated with the visionary architect and software pioneer Christopher Alexander, helping to edit the four-volume "The Nature of Order" during its twenty-five-year gestation. In recognition of his efforts to understand architecture using scientific thinking, Salingaros was awarded the first grant ever for research on architecture by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation in 1997. He is a member of the INTBAU College of Traditional Practitioners and is on the INTBAU Committee of Honor. He was one of the "50 Visionaries who are Changing Your World" selected by the UTNE Reader in 2008. In Planetizen's 2009 survey, he was ranked 11th among "The Top Urban Thinkers of All Time". Salingaros is the author of over 120 scientific papers. Both an artist and scientist, he is Professor of Mathematics at the University of Texas at San Antonio, and is also on the architecture faculty of Università di Roma Tre, Italy and the Tecnologico de Monterrey, Campus Queretaro, Mexico.
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Except that, funny thing, so many of them are still really doing the same old kinds of things, and merely draping them in ever more extravagant costumes -- as my friend Nikos Salingaros likes to point out. They haven't created a new paradigm, so much as fashioned some colorful new clothes for the old destructive emperor to wear.
Salingaros, a mathematician and urbanist, comes at the problem of cities with a modern mathematician's understanding of complexity. If you want elaborate semiotic games or bizarre, attention-getting new forms, this is not the book for you. But if you want insightful analysis of the actual occurrence in cities of fractals, algorithms, the Fibonacci Series, and much more -- and how we can actually use these insights to make better cities -- then you will find this a fascinating book. If you're like me, you'll find it an important and very hopeful book too.
It would be normal for me to say here that this is one of the great standout books in the science of environmental design -- except that, tellingly, it is the only book of its kind of which I am aware. Other authors employ algorithms, scripts, computational design and the like. (The aforementioned Patrik Schumacher, of Zaha Hadid's office, comes to mind.) But for what? For consumer eye candy; for cities as artistic "fashion statements"; for fabulous nonsensical structures that show no literacy in the real human problems of a city.Read more ›