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Mathematics of Space. Architectural Design

  • ID: 1946731
  • Book
  • 136 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Over the last 15 years, contemporary architecture has been profoundly altered by the advent of computation and information technology. The ubiquitous dissemination of design software and numerical fabrication machinery have re–actualised the traditional role of geometry in architecture and opened it up to the wondrous possibilities afforded by topology, non–Euclidean geometry, parametric surface design and other areas of mathematics. From the technical aspects of scripting code to the biomorphic paradigms of form and its associations with genetics, the impact of computation on the discipline has been widely documented. What is less clear, and has largely escaped scrutiny so far, is the role mathematics itself has played in this revolution. Hence the time has come for designers, computational designers and engineers to tease the mathematics out of their respective works, not to merely show how it is done – a hard and futile challenge for the audience – but to reflect on the roots of the process and the way it shapes practices and intellectual agendas, while helping define new directions. This issue of AD asks: Where do we stand today? What is up with mathematics in design? Who is doing the most interesting work? The impact of mathematics on contemporary creativity is effectively explored on its own terms.

Contributors include: Mark Burry, Bernard Cache, Philippe Morel, Antoine Picon, Dennis Shelden, Fabien Scheurer and Michael Weinstock.

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5. EditorialHelen Castle

6. About the Guest–EditorGeorge L. Legendre

8. Introduction
The Mathematics of Sensible ThingsGeorge L. Legendre

18. Mathematics and the Sensible World: Representing, Constructing, SimulatingAmy Dahan–Dalmedico

28. Architecture and Mathematics: Between Hubris and RestraintAntoine Picon

36. Continuity and RuptureDennis R. Shelden and Andrew J. Witt

44. IJP Explained: Parametric Mathematics in PracticeGeorge L. Legendre

54. A Sense of Purpose Mathematic s and Performance in Environmental DesignMartha Tsigkari, Adam Davis and Francis Aish, Specialist Modeling Group, Foster + Partners

58. Long Form and AlgorithmDaniel Bosia

66. Intuitive Material DistributionsPanagiotis Michalatos and Sawako Kaijima, Adams Kara Taylor (AKT)

70. Lost in Parameter Space?Fabian Scheuren and Hanne Straling

80. Cetemetry Working Beyond EffectMark Burry

90. Desagues and Leibniz: In the Black Box A Mathematical Model of the Leibnizian MonadBernard Cache

100. Pasta by DesignGeorge L. Legendre

102. The Metabolism of the City: The Mathematics of Networks and Urban SurfacesMichael Weinstock

108. Rising Masses, SingaporeMax Kahlen

112. The Hinging TowerAna María Flor Ortiz and Rodia Valladares Sánchez, Rising Masses Studio, Harvard Graduate School of Design

118. Implicit Fields MOCAPE Shenzhen PRCGeorge L. Legendre and Max Kahlen

122. Sense and SensibiliaPhilippe Morel

130. Counterpoint
Less Answers More QuestionsWill McLean  

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George L Legendre is a London–based architect and educator. He graduated from Harvard Graduate School of Design. He is the founder of the London–based office IJP Corporation. In 2007, the influential UK weeklyBuilding Design elected the 3–year–old office as one of the top 5 practices in Britain led by principals under the age of 40.
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