10 may. 2012


- Parametric Architecture with Grasshopper 
he first book on Grasshopper. Written by Arturo Tedeschi and foreworded by Fulvio Wirz (Zaha Hadid Architects) the book provides the theoretical foundations and key techniques based on parametric modeling algorithms. The new edition presents a comprehensive update of topics and images, and introduces meshes, subdivision surfaces and the complete discussion of Data Tree.

- Elements of Parametric Design [paperback] 

Book Description

July 3, 2010  0415779871  978-0415779876 1
Driven by new computer and digital fabrication tools, the architectural designs that are being built are pushing boundaries of form, customization and construction. Pushed by practices wanting and needing to produce novelty, computer-aided design systems are increasingly parametric – that is, they represent designs that change with their input data. Such systems give more control and capability to designers, but require much more comprehensive understanding if they are to be used effectively.
Mastering these ideas requires skill as designer, mathematician and computer scientist. This book teaches what new knowledge and skills designers need to master the parametric and how they can learn and use it. It demonstrates clearly how using patterns to think about and work with parametric modelling helps designers master the new complexity of the design systems.

- Computationaal Design Thinking: [AD Reader, paperback]

      Achim Menges (Author), Sean Ahlquist (Author)

           Book Description
December 13, 2011  0470665653  978-0470665657 1
The current transition from Computer Aided Design (CAD) to Computational Design in architecture represents a profound shift in design thinking and methods. Representation is being replaced by simulation, and the crafting of objects is moving towards the generation of integrated systems through designer-authored computational processes. While there is a particular history of such an approach in architecture, its relative newness requires the continued progression of novel modes of design thinking for the architect of the 21st century. This AD Reader establishes a foundation for such thinking.  It includes multifaceted reflections and speculations on the profound influence of computational paradigms on architecture. It presents relevant principles from the domains of mathematics and computer science, developmental and evolutionary biology, system science and philosophy, establishing a discourse for computational design thinking in architecture. Rather than a merely technical approach, the book will discuss essential intellectual concepts that are fundamental not only for a discourse on computational design but also for its practice.

This anthology provides a unique collection of seminal texts by authors, who have either provided a significant starting point through which a computational approach to design has been pursued or have played a considerable role in shaping the field. An important aspect of this book is the manner in which adjacent fields and historical texts are connected. Both the source of original inspiration and scientific thought are presented alongside contemporary writings on the continually evolving computational design discourse. Emerging from the field of science, principally the subjects of morphogenesis, evolution and mathematics, selected texts provide a historical basis for a reconfigured mindset of processes that generate, arrange and describe form. Juxtaposed against more contemporary statements regarding the influence of computation on design thinking, the book offers advancements of fundamental texts to the particular purpose of establishing novel thought processes for architecture, theoretically and practically.
  • The first reader to provide an effective framework for computational thinking in design.
  • Includes classic texts by Johan W. von Goethe, D’Arcy Thompson, Ernst Mayr, Ludwig von Bertalanffy, Gordan Pask, Christopher Alexander, John H. Holland, Nicholas Negroponte, William Mitchell, Peter J. Bentley & David W. Corne, Sanford Kwinter, John Frazer, Kostis Terzidis, Michael Weinstock and Achim Menges
  • Features new writing by: Mark Burry, Jane Burry, Manuel DeLanda and Peter Trummer.

      The Architecture of Emergence: The evolution of Form in natural and civilization [paperback]
     Book Description
April 6, 2010  0470066334  978-0470066331 1
Emergence is one of the most exciting new fields in architecture today, gaining interest from not only academics and students but also leading professionals, with directors from Fosters, Arup and Bentley Systems all attending the most recent symposium on the subject at the Architects Association, London.As a concept, Emergence has captured the zeitgeist, embodying the pervasive cultural interest in genetics and biological sciences. In the sciences, Emergence is an explanation of how natural systems have evolved and maintained themselves, and it has also been applied to artificial intelligence, information systems, economics and climate studies. The potential of the mathematics of Emergence that underlie the complex systems of nature is now being realised by engineers and architects for the production of complex architectural forms and effects, in advanced manufacturing of ‘smart’ materials and processes, and in the innovative designs of active structures and responsive environments.
  • The first book to provide a detailed exploration of the architectural and engineering consequences of this paradigm, and a detailed analysis of geometries, processes and systems to be incorporated into new methods of working.
  • Sets out a new model of ‘Metabolism’ that uses natural systems and processes as a model far beyond the minimising environmental strategies of ‘sustainability’.
  • www.architectureofemergence.om
 - Emergent Technologies and Design: Towards a biological paradigm for architecture 

Michael Hensel (Author), Achim Menges (Author), Michael Weinstock (Author)

Book Description

March 4, 2010  0415493447  978-0415493444
Emergence - the process by which new and coherent structures, patterns and properties ‘emerge’ from within complex systems
Traditional architecture starts from the premise that architectural structures are singular and fixed, and however well integrated are separate from their environment and context. Emergence requires that the opposite is true – that those structures are complex energy and material systems that have a lifespan, exist as part of an environment of other active systems, and develop in an evolutionary way.

This book, based on the authors’ internationally renowned Emergent Technologies and Design course at the Architectural Association in London, introduces a new approach to the practice of architecture. The authors use essays and projects to demonstrate the interrelationship of concepts such as emergence and self-organisation with the latest technologies in design, manufacturing and construction.

With projects from their course, and critiques and commentary from some of the world’s leading design theorists and practitioners, the authors of Emergent Technologies and Design have introduced a radical new way of understanding the way in which architecture is conceived, designed and produced.

 - Digital culture in architecture [paperback] 

Antoine Picon (Author)

Book Description

March 1, 2010
Today's explosive developments in digital technology have also affected architecture and the urban landscape. The new possibilities opened up by digital simulation have led to an increasingly strategic approach to planning, an approach based on generating scenarios, which thus represents a radical departure from traditional planning. From the preliminary sketch all the way to the production of individual building components, digital tools offer new possibilities that were still inconceivable just a few years ago. This volume provides a profound introduction to the important role of digital technologies in architectural design and related fields. In four chapters, the author systematically examines the influence of digital culture on architecture but also on the urban landscape as well as product design. The relationship of digital architecture to the city is also an important focus.

 - Fabricating architecture: selected reading in digital design and manufacturing [paperback] 

Robert Corser (Author)

Book Description

April 7, 2010
For years contemporary architects have been inundated with hype about the radical changes expected as a result of technological innovation and the proliferation of new digital tools and techniques. Though architects acknowledge that advances in computing are having a profound impact on architecture, the nature of that impact remains a subject of ongoing debate. Many noteworthy books are available that document the growing field of digital design and manufacturing, but few of these books address the truly broad range of issues that grow out of these emerging technological innovations. Fabricating Architecture gathers together for the first time twelve key essays by important critics, theorists, and architects, such as Martin Bechthold, Achim Menges, Kiel Moe, and Amanda Reeser Lawrence. Editor Robert Corser's concise analysis of each essay guides readers through the lively debate surrounding this topic.

 - Manufacturing material effects: rethinking design and making in architecture [paperback] 

Branko Kolarevic (Author), Kevin Klinger (Author)

Book Description

December 26, 2008  0415775752  978-0415775755 1
Designers are becoming more directly involved in the fabrication process from the earliest stages of design. This book showcases the design and research work by some of the leading designers, makers and thinkers today.This highly illustrated text brings together a wealth of information and numerous examples from practice which will appeal to both students and practitioners.

 - Architecture in the digital age: design and manufacturing [paperback] 

Branko Kolarevic (Editor)

Book Description

August 6, 2005  041538141X  978-0415381413 New Ed
This book addresses contemporary architectural practice in which digital technologies are radically changing how buildings are conceived, designed and produced. It discusses the digitally-driven changes, their origins, and their effects by grounding them in actual practices already taking place, while simultaneously speculating about their wider implications for the future. The book offers a diverse set of ideas as to what is relevant today and what will be relevant tomorrow for emerging architectural practices of the digital age.

 - Architectural geometry [hardcover]

Helmut Pottmann (Author), Andreas Asperl (Author), Michael Hofer (Author), Axel Kilian (Author), Daril Bentley (Editor)

Book Description

October 1, 2007  193449304X  978-1934493045 1st
Geometry lies at the core of the architectural design process. It is omnipresent, from the initial form-finding stages to the actual construction. Modern constructive geometry provides a variety of tools for the efficient design, analysis, and manufacture of complex shapes. This results in new challenges for architecture. However, the architectural application also poses new problems to geometry. Architectural geometry is therefore an entire research area, currently emerging at the border between applied geometry and architecture. This book has been written as a textbook for students of architecture or industrial design. It comprises material at all levels, from the basics of geometric modeling to the cutting edge of research. During the architectural journey through geometry, topics typically reserved for a mathematically well-trained audience are addressed in an easily understandable way. These include central concepts on freeform curves and surfaces, differential geometry, kinematic geometry, mesh processing, digital reconstruction, and optimization of shapes. This book is also intended as a geometry consultant for architects, construction engineers, and industrial designers and as a source of inspiration for scientists interested in applications of geometry processing in architecture and art.

1. From Control to Design: Parametric/Algorithmic Architecture 

Michael Meredith (Author, Editor), Aranda-lasch (Editor), Mutsuro Sasaki (Editor)

2. The Function of Form 

Farshid Moussavi (Author), Daniel Lopez (Editor), Garrick Ambrose (Editor), Ben Fortunato (Editor), Ryan R. Ludwig (Editor), Ahmadreza Schricker (Editor)

3. Manufacturing Material Effects: Rethinking Design and Making in Architecture 

Branko Kolarevic (Author), Kevin Klinger (Author)

4. Architecture in the Digital Age: Design and Manufacturing [Paperback]

Branko Kolarevic (Editor)

5. Digital Fabrications: Architectural and Material Techniques (Architecture Briefs) [Paperback]

Lisa Iwamoto (Author)

6. The Function of Ornament [Paperback]

Farshid Moussavi (Author, Editor), Michael Kubo (Editor)

7. Atlas of Novel Tectonics [Paperback]

Jesse Reiser (Author)

8. Pamphlet Architecture 27: Tooling [Paperback]

Benjamin Aranda (Author), Chris Lasch (Author), Sanford Kwinter (Afterword), Cecil Balmond (Foreword)

9. Form+Code in Design, Art, and Architecture (Design Briefs) [Paperback]

Casey Reas (Author), Chandler McWilliams (Author)

10. The New Mathematics of Architecture [Hardcover]

Jane Burry (Author), Mark Burry (Author)

11. Contemporary Digital Architecture: Design and Techniques [Paperback]

Dimitris Kottas (Author)

12. Emergent Technologies and Design: Towards a Biological Paradigm for Architecture [Paperback]

Michael Hensel (Author), Achim Menges (Author), Michael Weinstock (Author)

13. Modular Structures in Design and Architecture [Paperback]

14. Bio-structural Analogues in Architecture: Joseph Lim Ee Man [Paperback]

Joseph Lim (Author)

15. Subnature: Architecture's Other Environments [Paperback]

David Gissen (Author)

16. NOX: Machining Architecture [Paperback]

Lars Spuybroek (Author)

17. Nature Design: From Inspiration to Innovation [Paperback]

Angeli Sachs (Author, Editor)

18. Genetic Architectures / Arquitecturas genéticas (Spanish Edition) [Paperback]

Dennis Dollens (Editor)

19. Genetic Architectures II: Digital Tools & Organic Forms (Spanish Edition) [Paperback]

Alberto T. Estévez (Author)


20. Genetic Architectures III / Arquitecturas Geneticas III [Paperback]

21.Digital-Botanic Architecture: D-B-A [Paperback]Dennis Dollens (Author)

22. Fabricating Architecture: Selected Readings in Digital Design and Manufacturing [Paperback]

Robert Corser (Author)

23. Digital Design and Manufacturing: CAD/CAM Applications in Architecture and Design [Hardcover]

Daniel Schodek (Author), Martin Bechthold (Author), James Kimo Griggs (Author), Kenneth Kao (Author), Marco Steinberg (Author)

24. Architectural Geometry [Hardcover]

Helmut Pottmann (Author), Andreas Asperl (Author), Michael Hofer (Author), Axel Kilian (Author), Daril Bentley (Editor)

25. The Possibility of (an) Architecture Collected Essays by Mark Goulthorpe

th By Marc Goulthorpe 

26. Innovative Surface Structures. Technologies and Applications

By Martin Bechthold

27. Practice. Architecture, Technique and Representation, 2nd Edition
By Stan Allen

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