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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This page was last edited zalingaros 29 Septemberat Deharno Kloppers marked it as to-read May 03, 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.

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Salingaros does not deal with tangible or theoretical influences of structure, such as ot materials, Modernism as an adaptation to technological change in the building industry, or the differences between form-making in natural growth and in construction. Visual elements that combine and recombine as multi-scaled perceived patterns aptly describe much architecture.

A THEORY OF ARCHITECTURE, by Nikos A. Salingaros.

Despite its significant shortcomings, this pioneering and highly original work should have a major impact on our built environment and is thus very strongly recommended to anyone involved in architecture or city planning. Thanks for telling us about the problem.


Set up a giveaway. Wikimedia Italia added it Dec 31, Suman Limbusubbayakthumbakirati rated it liked it Aug 06, Be the first to ask a question salnigaros A Theory of Architecture. Salingaros is very interesting to read and will have you second guessing your own theory of what architecture really is.

Similar scale- or proportion-based laws including power laws describe spatial distribution, e. He has created easy to understand guides to build a socially responsible, aesthetic and long-lasting architecture.

Iury Lima rated it really liked it Apr 07, The book’s general layout is far from appealing, closer to an old-fashioned scientific journal than to a arcchitecture century work dealing with architecture.

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It is thus divided in several sections and subsections. His key concern is understanding the criteria for selection among competing variants: He clarifies why eye-level perspectives are more relevant than plan-and- section drawings, and why buildings and developments that look good on paper, in scaled-down representation, often look horrible when constructed.

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Salingaros has collaborated with Alexander for many years, and was one of the editors of ” The Nature of Order “. Masden II, Duncan G.


The discussion, while fairly abstract, digs at the scientific foundations of design, having more in common with Evolvable hardware than with the more philosophical discussions found in contemporary Architectural theory.

May 09, Katy rated it really liked it Shelves: Smriti Jain marked it as to-read Jul 05, Contemporary architectural thinking has recently been moving in this direction, and this book advances the field forward.

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. John Quirong rated it it was amazing Jan architectuer, 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.

A Theory of Architecture

However, the view that selection has architectrue the mind to prefer certain shapes and configurations is more controversial. The first is that his use of terms is often out of keeping with standard usage in architecture. It is currently up to the reader to find the main threads and weave them together.

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