Algorithmic Sustainable Design: a free video course online by Nikos A. Salingaros

Students can follow twelve innovative one-hour lectures (in English) covering architecture and urbanism for free. The accompanying book of lecture notes is also available. There exist several options for following the lectures on streaming video -- access all the lectures below.

Order the book: Algorithmic Sustainable Design -- Twelve Lectures on Architecture through any major architectural or online bookstore in the US and Europe. The International Edition is published by Vajra Publications, Kathmandu, Nepal. Forthcoming translation into Chinese HERE.

The course material is original, and includes topics introduced into architecture for the first time. This innovative framework applies cellular automata, codes, complexity, emergent phenomena, fractals, information, networks, organization, scaling, and symmetries to design. Biological algorithms responsible for human evolutionary development link us to the greatest creations of humanity -- buildings, cities, artworks, and artifacts. The same relationships are also found in vernacular and traditional architectural and urban forms. Students from around the world can now learn the intelligent basis for architecture, and re-establish adaptability and genuine sustainability.

 

ARCHIVED VIDEOS AND SLIDES OF ALL THE LECTURES

In the Spring semester of 2008, a course on Algorithmic Sustainable Design was broadcast live to participating institutions in different countries. There exist six options for viewing the video lectures. Click below to access the streaming video and the web slide presentation. The original SLIDES presented here were revised and amplified for the book.

 

Lecture 1: Recursion and the Fibonacci sequence. Universal scaling. Biophilia -- VIMEO -- RealPlayer -- WindowsMedia -- YouTube UTSA -- YouTube Textpotential

    • Lecture 1 SLIDES: Recursion and the Fibonacci sequence. Universal scaling. Biophilia

After this course was presented and the book published, I wrote two papers that delve deeper into the material of Chapter 1: Why monotonous repetition is unsatisfying, September 2011, and Applications of the Golden Mean to Architecture, February 2012.

Lecture 2: Geometric Recursion and Fractals. The Sierpinski gasket. Perforation, bending, and folding. Anti-gravity anxiety. Architecture of the horizontal -- VIMEO -- RealPlayer -- WindowsMedia -- YouTube UTSA -- YouTube Textpotential

    • Lecture 2 SLIDES: Geometric Recursion and Fractals. The Sierpinski gasket. Perforation, bending, and folding. Anti-gravity anxiety. Architecture of the horizontal

Lecture 3: Universal distribution of sizes. Fractal design, ornament, and biophilia. Sustainable systems -- VIMEO -- RealPlayer -- WindowsMedia -- YouTube UTSA -- YouTube Textpotential

    • Lecture 3 SLIDES: Universal distribution of sizes. Fractal design, ornament, and biophilia. Sustainable systems

Lecture 4: Cellular automata. Sierpinski carpets and sea-shells. Design in hyperspace and connection to the sacred -- VIMEO -- RealPlayer -- WindowsMedia -- YouTube UTSA -- YouTube Textpotential

    • Lecture 4 SLIDES: Cellular automata. Sierpinski carpets and sea-shells. Design in hyperspace and connection to the sacred

Lecture 5: Harmony-seeking computations. Architectural harmony. Alexander's theory of centers. Design as computation. Computational reducibility -- VIMEO -- RealPlayer -- WindowsMedia -- YouTube UTSA -- YouTube Textpotential

    • Lecture 5 SLIDES: Harmony-seeking computations. Architectural harmony. Alexander's theory of centers. Design as computation. Computational reducibility

Lecture 6: Alexander's 15 Fundamental Properties. Three laws of architecture -- VIMEO -- RealPlayer -- WindowsMedia -- YouTube UTSA -- YouTube Textpotential

    • Lecture 6 SLIDES: Alexander's 15 Fundamental Properties. Three laws of architecture

Lecture 7: Biologically-inspired computation. Genetic algorithms. Computation versus memory retrieval. Evolutionary regression -- VIMEO -- RealPlayer -- WindowsMedia -- YouTube UTSA -- YouTube Textpotential

    • Lecture 7 SLIDES: Biologically-inspired computation. Genetic algorithms. Computation versus memory retrieval. Evolutionary regression

Lecture 8: Emergent systems. Examples from Artificial Life. Inhuman experiments. Architectural education -- VIMEO -- RealPlayer -- WindowsMedia -- YouTube UTSA -- YouTube Textpotential

    • Lecture 8 SLIDES: Emergent systems. Examples from Artificial Life. Inhuman experiments. Architectural education

Lecture 9: Symmetry production. Symmetry breaking. Classical moldings. Elementary particle symmetries. Binding energy -- VIMEO -- WindowsMedia -- RealPlayer -- YouTube UTSA -- YouTube Textpotential

    • Lecture 9 SLIDES: Symmetry production. Symmetry breaking. Classical moldings. Elementary particle symmetries. Binding energy

Lecture 10: Generative codes and their application to building and urban morphology. Secularization destroys public space. Spiritual architects. Legalizing codes -- VIMEO -- RealPlayer -- WindowsMedia -- YouTube UTSA -- YouTube Textpotential

    • Lecture 10 SLIDES: Generative codes and their application to building and urban morphology. Secularization destroys public space. Spiritual architects. Legalizing codes

Lecture 11: Duany-Plater-Zyberk (DPZ) codes. The New Urbanism. Stephen Mouzon's project. Tall buildings -- VIMEO -- RealPlayer -- WindowsMedia -- YouTube UTSA -- YouTube Textpotential

*Tall Buildings -- Part D of video lecture 11, which pertains to Expo 2015 in Milan.

    • Lecture 11 SLIDES: Duany-Plater-Zyberk (DPZ) codes. The New Urbanism. Stephen Mouzon's project. Tall buildings

Lecture 12: Implementation of generative codes in design. Urban plazas. Designing for children. Favelas and social housing -- VIMEO -- RealPlayer -- WindowsMedia -- YouTube UTSA -- YouTube Textpotential

    • Lecture 12 SLIDES: Implementation of generative codes in design. Urban plazas. Designing for children. Favelas and social housing

 

In the lectures, reference is made to the monograph "Harmony-seeking computations" by Christopher Alexander, to be published in a special issue of the International Journal of Unconventional Computing, Volume 4, 2008 (available online).

Dr. Nikos A. Salingaros (HOME PAGE) is a professor of mathematics at the University of Texas at San Antonio, and supervises thesis students from all around the world on architectural and urban topics. Dr. Salingaros is one of the founders of the new discipline of “Biophilic Design”, which investigates how the design of buildings creates more healing environments. He was selected as one of UTNE's "50 Visionaries who are changing your world" in November 2008, and was ranked 11th among the "Top 100 Urban Thinkers" in a 2009 Planetizen poll.