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The New Mathematics of Architecture

Jane Burry, Mark Burry

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A survey of the most advanced contemporary architectural projects in the world using new applications of mathematics for the digital age

Overview

From chaos to topology, from optimization to datascapes, architects have been designing – and constructing – complex, sublime and beautiful buildings that change the way we perceive major structures.

This one-of-a-kind survey of 46 international projects, compiled and written by leading experts on architectural mathematics, offers a thorough overview of how recent developments in maths and physics are being applied to architecture through accessible illustrations, lucid text and hands-on experience.

Case studies are presented in detail with a project profile, and include Norman Foster’s British Museum roof and Gehry Partners’ Disney Concert Hall, as well as projects by such renowned architects as Minifie Nixon, Kohn Pedersen Fox and Daniel Libeskind.

At a time when architects have fewer opportunities to build and more time to consider the future of architecture, this carefully researched book offers students and practitioners new ways of thinking about the future of designing and building.

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Reviews

'Had to be written … a valuable summary of where we are in this new landscape '
Architecture Today

'Accessible and highly informative … superb'
Art & Architecture Journal

Further Details

Specifications

Format: Paperback with flaps

Size: 23.5 x 21.7 cm

Extent: 272 pp

Illustrations: 628

Publication date: 27 February 2012

ISBN: 9780500290255

Contents List

Foreword by Brett Steele, director of the Architectural Association School of Architecture • Foreword 2 by Norman Foster • Introduction: A Brief History of Mathematics in Architecture • 1. Mathematical Surfaces and Seriality • 2. Complexity, Chaos and Emergence • 3. Packing and Tiling • 4. Optimisation • 5. Topology • 6. Datascapes Featured architects include: MINIFIE NIXON / FOSTER + PARTNERS / JOHN PICKERING / ANTONI GAUDÍ /INGENHOVEN ARCHITECTS / GEHRY PARTNERS / KOHN PEDERSEN FOX / LAB ARCHITECTURE STUDIO / ATELIERS JEAN NOUVEL / OCEAN NORTH / BIOTHING / ARUP AGU / PTW ARCHITECTS / HENEGHAN PENG / DANIEL LIBESKIND / ASHTON RAGGATT MCDOUGALL / FOREIGN OFFICE ARCHITECTS / ARATA ISOZAKI / COX ARCHITECTS / TOYO ITO / UN STUDIO / DECOI ARCHITECTS / PAUL MORGAN ARCHITECTS / GREG LYNN / MCBRIDE CHARLES RYAN / HAKES ASSOCIATES / CLOUD 9 ARCHITECTURE / KARRES EN BRANDS / NOX ARCHITECTS / SERVO / ASYMPTOTE / HYPERBODY RESEARCH GROUP / CARLO RATTI ASSOCIATI

About the Author

Mark Burry is a professor and director at RMIT's Spatial Information Architecture Laboratory in Melbourne, Australia.

Jane Burry is a research fellow at RMIT’s Spatial Information Information Architecture Laboratory in Melbourne, Australia.