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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Many other skills and rules are involved. Suman Limbusubbayakthumbakirati rated it liked it Aug 06, As it stands, A Theory of Architecture teaches little about this emotional, possessive, and inspiring reaction to great architecture, or about natural beauty.

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In particular, a great many complex natural objects have components that scale by a factor of approximately 2. Neil Vandenberge marked it as to-read Oct 03, Salingaros explores ways to clarify and formalize our architecturee of aesthetic forms in the built environment, using mathematics, thermodynamics, Darwinism, complexity theory and cognitive sciences.

Enabled Amazon Architetcure Sellers Rank: Tanisha De rated it it was amazing Nov 19, The Modernist fascination with huge blank surfaces and prohibition of ornament leaves only large-scale proportions.

It then argues that human beings naturally prefer fractal, organized structures, based on how the mind works. English Choose a language for shopping. Designs evolve in two ways: Clinton Conrad marked it as to-read Sep 25, When looked at from the point of view of meme encapsulation and selection, many architectural phenomena that were difficult to explain become easier to understand. Architecture books Architectural salingqros books. Salingaros and Terry Mikiten propose that encapsulation helps an architectural meme to survive and reproduce.


Alya Alfahham Alokaily rated it liked it Jun 05, The first is that his use of salingqros is often out of keeping with standard usage in architecture. Because humans comprehend natural architceture by recognizing hierarchical scaling, similar scaling hierarchies make architecture comfortable and visually pleasing.

Bonnitta Roy rated it it was amazing Mar 17, See all Editorial Reviews. Gina marked it as to-read Nov 20, The model suggests that such memetic replication models human culture, in which building and urban typologies proliferate for reasons other than their utility. I just wish he were more explicit with diagrams, photos, and case studies!

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Skip to main content. Product details File Size: In practice, perceptual elements and groupings that relate by any factor between 2 ov 4 produce good results. 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. Archived copy as title Articles needing additional references from November All articles needing additional references.

Carter rated it really liked it Mar 29, Deharno Kloppers marked it as to-read May 03, Ever since Benoit Mandelbrot mentioned that traditional architecture was more intrinsically fractal than 20th-Century buildings, people have been intrigued about the possibility of understanding architectural form in mathematical architectture.

Paperbackpages. Jen rated it really liked it Jan 02, Essentially a compilation of previously published articles, the material begs for a complete reconstruction as a single work, and would greatly benefit from more graphics. 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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A Theory of Architecture

A Theory of Architecture. Nikka Mora rated it did not like it Mar 29, It is a powerful, direct look at the principles behind psychologically pleasing design – grounded in math and science.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Ar Baghel rated it it was amazing Mar 06, Anakin Amparo rated it really liked it Jan 13, Tneory Al-batal is currently reading it Feb 17, From this, Salingaros derives his most theody principles about architecture: The use of scientific terms and analogies is freewheeling enough to require patience from specialists, but rewards the effort.

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There are no discussion topics on this book yet. It is currently up to the reader to find the main threads and weave them together. No trivia or quizzes yet. Jeremiah Calimag added it Oct 06, The book is in fact a collection of articles architecturre were previously published independently. Sep 15, Leonardo marked it as to-keep-ref Shelves: Zainab Ahmed marked it as to-read Nov 17, Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources.