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A theory of architecture

Author: Nikos Angelos Salingaros; Michael W Mehaffy
Publisher: [Solingen, Germany?] : Umbau-Verlag, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"More than a decade in the making, this is a textbook of architecture rich with design techniques and useful for every architect whether a first-year students or experienced practicing architects. The book teaches the reader how to design by adapting to human needs and sensibilities, yet independently of any particular style. It explains much of what people instinctively know about architecture, and puts that  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Nikos Angelos Salingaros; Michael W Mehaffy
ISBN: 9783937954073 3937954074
OCLC Number: 433105843
Description: 277 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: The law of architecture from a physicist's perspective --
A scientific basis for creating architectural forms --
Hierarchical cooperation in architecture: the mathematical necessity for ornament --
The sensory value of ornament --
Life and complexity in architecture from a thermodynamic analogy --
Architecture, patterns, and mathematics --
Pavements as embodiments of meaning for a fractal mind (with Terry M. Mikiten and Hing-Sing Yu) --
Modularity and the number of design choices (with Débora M. Tejada) --
Geometrical fundamentalism (with Michael W. Mehaffy) --
Darwinian processes and memes in architecture: a memetic theory of modernism (with Terry M. Mikiten) --
Two languages for architecture --
Architectural memes in a universe of information.
Responsibility: Nikos A. Salingaros ; with contributions by Michael W. Mehaffy [and others].

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"More than a decade in the making, this is a textbook of architecture rich with design techniques and useful for every architect whether a first-year students or experienced practicing architects. The book teaches the reader how to design by adapting to human needs and sensibilities, yet independently of any particular style. It explains much of what people instinctively know about architecture, and puts that knowledge for the first time in a concise, understandable form."--Amazon

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