Saturday, March 8, 2008

Algorithmic Sustainable Design: An Important Series of Lectures by Nikos A. Salingaros

"Algorithmic Sustainable Design: The Future of Architectural Theory"
A series of 12 Lectures by Nikos A. Salingaros

  • This lectures series involves
    Application of cutting-edge mathematical techniques to architectural design. Fractals and algorithmic processes. Cellular automata that generate the Sierpinski carpet. Harmony-seeking computations. Generative codes, and their difference from static New Urbanist codes.

    Below are the list of topics.
  • To download the lectures as video files or as slides, click here:

    1. Recursion and the Fibonacci sequence. Universal scaling. Biophilia.

    2. Geometric Recursion and Fractals. The Sierpinski gasket. Perforation, bending, and folding. Anti-gravity anxiety. Architecture of the horizontal.
    3. Universal distribution of sizes. Fractal design, ornament, and biophilia. Sustainable systems.
    4. Cellular automata. Sierpinski carpets and sea-shells. Design in hyperspace and connection to the sacred.
    5. Harmony-seeking computations. Architectural harmony. Alexander’s theory of centers. Design as computation. Computational reducibility.
    6. Alexander's 15 Fundamental Properties. Three laws of architecture.
    7. Biologically-inspired computation. Genetic algorithms. Computation versus memory retrieval. Evolutionary regression.
    8. Emergent systems. Examples from Artificial Life. Inhuman experiments. Architectural education.
    9. Symmetry production. Symmetry breaking. Classical moldings. Binding energy.
    10. Generative codes and their application to building and urban morphology.
    11. DPZ New Urbanist codes and the Transect.
    12. Implementation of generative codes in design.

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