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A Theory of Architecture is a somewhat controversial book on Architecture by Nikos Salingaros, published in by Umbau-Verlag, Solingen, ISBN. First edition pages; second edition with Index pages. Paper book is available in: CHINESE | ENGLISH US Edition (buy on Amazon). NIKOS A. SALINGAROS. A THEORY OF ARCHITECTURE. With contributions by Michael W. Mehaffy, Terry M. Mikiten,. Debora M. Tejada, and Hing-Sing Yu.

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Individual chapters have been translated into several different languages. Jen rated it really liked it Jan 02, Tom Radulovich marked it as to-read Jan 09, As it is, the author repeatedly states that, say, medieval cathedrals respect the three laws but does not demonstrate it in detail or even illustrate it.

There’s a problem loading this menu right now. Salingaros is very interesting to read and will have you niko guessing your own theory of what architecture really is. A Theory of Architecture by Nikos Salingaros. What an amazing book! Salingaros claims they are not really adaptive: Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer – no Kindle device required.

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A Theory of Architecture

Salingaros explores ways to clarify and formalize our understanding of aesthetic forms in the built environment, using mathematics, thermodynamics, Darwinism, complexity theory and cognitive sciences. Salingaros creates a framework where these mechanisms determine how designs evolve, and outlines a detailed model. He proposes mathematical laws of scaling, argues for an essential role for fractals in architecture, and describes rules for coherence among subdivisions that can help produce a more pleasing design.


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Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. This is a marvelous piece and it should be a required reading in theory courses introduced in both undergraduate and graduate programs of architecture worldwide. This book is not easy to read, but if you can suffer through you will not be disappointed.

John Quirong rated it it was amazing Jan 23, Overall, this poor publishing effort probably explains why this work, available sincehas not had the impact its content deserves. Eric Dowdle marked it as to-read Jul 26, He clarifies why eye-level perspectives are more relevant than plan-and- section drawings, and why buildings and developments that look good on paper, in scaled-down representation, often look horrible when constructed.

The contention is that typologies that are passed on are the ones whose encapsulation is more appealing. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway.

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Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Abner Colmenares marked it as to-read Oct 07, Zainab Ahmed marked it as to-read Nov 17, Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. He criticizes present-day architectural education for continuing to rely uncritically on models that he argues lead automatically to non-adaptivity and unsustainability.

Definately worth a read, and if you have a chance to take him for Theory of Architecture at UTSA then you should do that too.

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Yet, like Alexander, Salingaros argues that this design theory corresponds more closely to what human beings have evolved to appreciate. Rules describing scale are critical in complex systems, e.

More detailed examples of the theory’s application would however be welcome. It then argues that human beings naturally prefer fractal, organized structures, based on how the mind works. I bought this book as a source for my thesis paper. Finally, the idea that beauty is reducible to comprehensibility, and aesthetics to information theory, fails to ring true.

A Theory of Architecture by Nikos A. Salingaros

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Kusshii marked it as to-read Apr 07, Also, its clear he really believes in what he’s saying, but sometimes he’s too black and white-architecture theory is different than scientific theory, Nikos. Christopher Alexander and Salingaros have moved past the limited philosophical tools of phenomenology to derive evidence-based results. As it stands, A Theory of Architecture teaches little about this emotional, possessive, and inspiring reaction to great architecture, or about natural beauty.

No trivia or quizzes yet. This does make it more easily readable than otherwise but, although there has clearly been some editing, leads to multiple references from one chapter to another and, inevitably, to several repetitions.