A THEORY OF ARCHITECTURE, by Nikos Salingaros
By Nikos A. Salingaros
with contributions by Michael W. Mehaffy, Terry M. Mikiten, Debora M. Tejada, and Hing-Sing Yu. Preface by HRH Charles, The Prince of Wales
First edition 2006: 278 pages; second edition with Index 2014: 300 pages.
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An innovative approach to design using scientific concepts such as fractals, hierarchical scaling, complexity, and form languages. Darwinian processes evolve a design using adaptive selection criteria, but circumventing them leads to dysfunctional forms and spaces. Traditional architectures are validated for reasons having to do with human biology and neurological adaptation. This book is used by many architecture students to learn architectural theory as well as practical design methods. It initiated a new direction for building and design that breaks free from irrelevant images. See this book's Wikipedia entry.
A THEORY OF ARCHITECTURE
Preface by His Royal Highness, Charles, The Prince of Wales Foreword by Kenneth G. Masden II Introduction
Chapter 3. Hierarchical Cooperation in Architecture: the Mathematical Necessity for Ornament | FRENCH
Chapter 4. The Sensory Value of Ornament | SPANISH
Chapter 6. Architecture, Patterns, and Mathematics
Chapter 7. Pavements as Embodiments of Meaning for a Fractal Mind (co-authored with Terry M. Mikiten and Hing-Sing Yu)
Chapter 8. Modularity and the Number of Design Choices (co-authored with Débora M. Tejada)
Chapter 10. Darwinian Processes and Memes in Architecture: A Memetic Theory of Modernism (co-authored with Terry M. Mikiten)
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