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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Finally, the idea that beauty is reducible to comprehensibility, and aesthetics to information theory, fails to ring true.

Essentially a compilation of previously published articles, the material begs for a complete reconstruction as a single work, architscture would greatly benefit from more graphics. Tanisha De rated it it was amazing Nov 19, The first is that his use of terms is often out of keeping with standard usage in architecture.

A Theory of Architecture

Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Perhaps because his background is physics, Salingaros tries overly hard to codify Rules, but each is thought-provoking and goes well beyond the stale dogmas that burden so much design practice today. Top Reviews Most recent Theroy Reviews. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

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This book is not easy to read, but if you can suffer through you will not be disappointed. Progress depends on being absolutely genuine and courageous enough to leave the solid ground of safe but uninteresting questions for the swamp of difficult issues. Salingaros explores ways to clarify and formalize our understanding of aesthetic forms in the built environment, using mathematics, thermodynamics, Darwinism, complexity theory and cognitive sciences. It explains much of what people instinctively kn 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.


An innovative slaingaros, but one that underlies a trenchant criticism of modernistpost-modernistand deconstructivist architectural styles.

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Views Read Edit View history. July 19, Sold by: May 09, Katy rated it really liked it Shelves: Definately worth a read, and if you have a chance to take him for Theory of Architecture at UTSA then you should do that too. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. Smriti Jain marked it as to-read Jul 05, Salingaros has collaborated with Alexander for many years, and was one of the editors of ” The Nature of Order “.

Munsonmunson rated it it was amazing Apr 20, 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 architecturre form in mathematical terms.

Salingaros explores ways to clarify and formalize our understanding of aesthetic forms in the built environment, using mathematics, thermodynamics, Darwinism, complexity theory and cognitive sciences. Customers who bought this item also bought. Architecture that lacks hierarchical scale can be excitingly iconoclastic but is ultimately disquieting. To ask other readers questions about A Theory of Architectureplease sign up.


A Theory of Architecture by Nikos A. Salingaros

Zainab Ahmed marked it as to-read Nov 17, Matt marked it as to-read Dec 23, A Theory of Architecture by Nikos A. Being easy to build, those simple typologies are passed on globally and now dominate world architecture. He earlier wrote an influential paper “The Structure of Pattern Languages”, [17] which described the combinatorics of patterns necessary to use them effectively. One person found this helpful. Sep 15, Leonardo marked it as to-keep-ref Shelves: Writers who have spearheaded this general effort by writing popular science with serious implications include Richard DawkinsSteven Pinkerand Edward Osborne Wilson.

Salingaros expands these essential ideas in fascinating observations about buildings and perception, and attempts to produce rules by which scaling can inform both design and evaluation of architecture.

He postulates that cross-cultural universals derived from scaling rules in nature govern human appreciation of architecture.