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Theory of architecture

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Architecture and Naturing Affairs

Architecture and Naturing Affairs

Author: An Mihye Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/10/2020

In this anthology with contributions about architecture, media, and infrastructure technology, the authors investigate in what multifaceted way architecture and information is in tune with contemporary technology, and in what way we live with them. The book is divided into following parts: BREEDING (medialising matter), BREATHING (transcending language), and INHABITING (making things inhabitable). The compilation of various text contributions creates a lexicon of 'naturing affairs' and is written for readers who look for an inspiring overview of our medialised environments.

Tools for Ideas

Tools for Ideas

Author: Christian Ganshirt Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/10/2020

This reference work on the core competence of architects and designers provides a thorough and considered overview of the tools and theories, means and methods and practices and possibilities of creative design. In this substantially expanded edition, a review of recent developments since the first edition has been added, the chapters on digital tools have been updated, and a new, extensive practice section describes the foundations of digital, research-based processes and social agendas in design. The author demonstrates compellingly that design is a synthesis of creative, technical and architectural skills coupled with academic research and reflection. Enlightening! (Christian Thomas on the first edition). Insight into the craft of design. Light in the darkness of how ideas take shape. (Jesko Fezer).

Ancient Indian Architecture

Ancient Indian Architecture

Author: Sanjev Maheshwari, Rajeev Garg Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/10/2020

Islamic Architecture in India

Islamic Architecture in India

Author: S. Grover Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/10/2020

Islamic Architecture in India

Islamic Architecture in India

Author: S. Grover Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/10/2020

Buddhist and Hindu Architecture in India

Buddhist and Hindu Architecture in India

Author: S.K. Grover Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/10/2020

Chinese Architecture and Metaphor

Chinese Architecture and Metaphor

Author: Feng Jiren Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/10/2020

Investigating the historical tradition of Chinese architectural writing from antiquity to the twelfth century, Chinese Architecture and Metaphor reveals significant and fascinating social and cultural phenomena in the most important primary text for the study of the Chinese building tradition. Unlike previous scholarship, which has reviewed this imperially commissioned architectural manual largely as a technical work, this volume considers the Yingzao fashi's unique literary value and explores the rich cultural implications in and behind its technical content. Utilizing a philological approach, the author pays particular attention to the traditional and contemporary architectural terminology presented in the Yingzao fashi. In examining the semantic meaning of the architectural terms used in the manual, he uncovers a systematic architectural metaphor wherein bracketing elements are likened to flowers, flowering branches, and foliage: Thus pillars with bracketing above are compared to blossoming trees. More importantly, this intriguing imagery was shared by different social groups, in particular craftsmen and literati, and craftsmen themselves employed literary knowledge in naming architectural elements. Relating these phenomena to the unprecedented flourishing of literature, the literati's greater admiration of technical knowledge, and the higher intellectual capacity of craftsmen during the Song, Architecture and Metaphor demonstrates how the learned and unlearned cultures entangled in the construction of architectural knowledge in premodern China. It convincingly shows that technical language served as a faithful carrier of contemporary popular culture and aesthetic concepts. Chinese Architecture and Metaphor demonstrates a high level of engagement with a broad spectrum of sophisticated Chinese sources. It will become a classic work for all students and scholars of East Asian architecture.

The Hand and the Soul

The Hand and the Soul

Author: Richard Shusterman, Joan Ockman, Howard Singerman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/10/2020

The essays in The Hand and the Soul explore the question of how ethical ideas guiding the design process - a concern for the environment or for social justice - relate to the beauty of our buildings, cities, and artworks. The book presents a range of viewpoints and does not ignore the perils of an easy association of ethics and aesthetics. Yet, the majority of contributors, among them historians, theorists, as well practicing designers and artists, argue passionately in defense of the idea that the good and the beautiful can and should be able to find a common ground in the design disciplines.The book begins with an exploration of recent difficulties in pairing ethics and aesthetics. Can one effect a philosophical convergence of these elements, or is it dangerous to conflate moral and aesthetic terms? The discussion continues with considerations of the overlap that occurs between the fine arts and the design disciplines, the intersection of aesthetic theory and practice with sustainability and environmental science, and the concept of 'open works' - projects whose design processes are flexible, nonhierarchical, and attuned to the unique features of a particular place or cultural situation. The book concludes with a look at several contrasting ideas developed in the essays and examines ethics as a desire for community, as well as a sense of responsibility, an obligation to contemplate not only what buildings offer us but also what they may take away.In juxtaposing the work of historians and theorists with that of practicing designers and artists, The Hand and the Soul , whose title is drawn from an essay by American artist Philip Guston, seeks to bridge the divide between theory and practice, between abstract ethical or aesthetic concepts and practical ways of making tangible artifacts. In a field dominated by esoteric studies and, at the other extreme, primarily illustrated works, The Hand and the Soul offers a vital discussion that is at once theoretically rigorous and grounded in the practice of art, architecture, landscape architecture, and urbanism.

The Third Skin

The Third Skin

Author: Scott Drake Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/10/2020

This book provides an introduction to the principles of environmental performance in architecture. It explores the way aspects of the built environment are experienced by the occupants, and how that experience is interpreted in architectural design. The first chapter concentrates both on the relationships between architecture and the human body and architecture and the environment. This chapter develops the idea of architecture as a filter between the human body and the natural environment, and the various environmental conditions which are altered (intentionally or otherwise) by the construction of building fabric. The book then considers the way this 'passive' filtration has become supplemented by various forms of technology or active control - especially electric lighting and air-conditioning. This establishes a basic framework for the subsequent chapters to investigate the various forms of energy and matter - heat, light, sound, air and water - and the way they are controlled using active and passive systems. The penultimate chapter introduces basic concepts of fire safety in buildings, whilst the final chapter investigates some of the implications and future directions for sustainable architecture. The book is ideal for use by undergraduate architecture students undertaking architectural technology, science or design courses.

Architecture for Residential Care and Ageing Communities

Architecture for Residential Care and Ageing Communities

Author: Sten Gromark Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/10/2020

Architecture for Residential Care and Ageing Communities confronts urgent architectural design challenges within residential innovation, ageing communities and healthcare environments. The increasing and diversified demands on the housing market today call for alterability and adaptability in long term solutions for new integrated ways of residing. Meanwhile, an accentuated ageing society requires new residential ways of living, combining dignity, independence and appropriate care. Concurrently, profound changes in technical conditions for home healthcare require rethinking healing environments. This edited collection explores the dynamics between these integrated architectural and caring developments and intends to envision reconfigured environmental design patterns that can significantly enhance new forms of welfare and ultimately, an improved quality of life. This book identifies, presents, and articulates new qualities in designs, in caring processes, and healing atmospheres, thereby providing operational knowledge developed in close collaboration with academics, actors and stakeholders in architecture, design, and healthcare. This is an ideal read for those interested in health promotive situations of dwelling, ageing and caring.

Architecture for Residential Care and Ageing Communities

Architecture for Residential Care and Ageing Communities

Author: Sten Gromark Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/10/2020

Architecture for Residential Care and Ageing Communities confronts urgent architectural design challenges within residential innovation, ageing communities and healthcare environments. The increasing and diversified demands on the housing market today call for alterability and adaptability in long term solutions for new integrated ways of residing. Meanwhile, an accentuated ageing society requires new residential ways of living, combining dignity, independence and appropriate care. Concurrently, profound changes in technical conditions for home healthcare require rethinking healing environments. This edited collection explores the dynamics between these integrated architectural and caring developments and intends to envision reconfigured environmental design patterns that can significantly enhance new forms of welfare and ultimately, an improved quality of life. This book identifies, presents, and articulates new qualities in designs, in caring processes, and healing atmospheres, thereby providing operational knowledge developed in close collaboration with academics, actors and stakeholders in architecture, design, and healthcare. This is an ideal read for those interested in health promotive situations of dwelling, ageing and caring.

Architecture and Ekphrasis

Architecture and Ekphrasis

Author: Dana Arnold Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/10/2020

Architecture and ekphrasis examines how eighteenth-century prints and drawings of antique architecture operated as representations of thought. Using original archival material, it considers the idea of the past in the period, specifically how it was discovered and described, and investigates how space and time inform visual ekphrasis or descriptions of architecture. The idea of embodiment is used to explore the various methods of describing architecture - including graphic techniques, measurement and perspective - all of which demonstrate choices about different modes of ekphrasis. This well-illustrated, accessibly written study will be of interest to academics and students working in a broad range of subject areas. It will also be an essential teaching tool for increasingly popular cross-disciplinary courses. -- .