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A Theory of Architecture [Paperback]

By Nikos A. Salingaros, Michael W. Mehaffy (Contributor), Terry M. Mikiten (Contributor), Debora M. Tejada (Contributor) & Hing-Sing Yu, Ph.D. (Contributor)
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More than a decade in the making, this is a textbook of architecture rich with design techniques and useful for every architect whether a first-year students or experienced practicing architects. The book teaches the reader how to design by adapting to human needs and sensibilities, yet independently of any particular style. It explains much of what people instinctively know about architecture, and puts that knowledge for the first time in a concise, understandable form. There has not been such a book treating the very essence of architecture. Preface by the Prince of Wales

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Pages   278
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 6.75" Height: 9.5"
Weight:   1.1 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 31, 2007
Publisher   ISI Distributed Titles
ISBN  3937954074  
ISBN13  9783937954073  

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More About Nikos A. Salingaros, Michael W. Mehaffy, Terry M. Mikiten, Debora M. Tejada & Hing-Sing Yu, Ph.D.

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Dr. Nikos Salingaros is regarded as one of the world's leading architectural theorists.He is professor of mathematics at the University of Texas San Antonio, and is on the architecture faculties of the University of Rome, and Delft University of Technology. He is consultant to the Schools of Architecture of the Catholic University of Portugal, Viseu, and Tecnologico de Monterrey, Mexico.

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COMING HOME  Aug 30, 2007
A Theory of Architecture is not a cook book. It does not tell architects how to compose a building in several easy steps. Rather, it gives architects permission to do what we would automatically do if we had not been taught the style rules and the world view of the `Modern Movement' and its successors. A Theory of Architecture reveals the scientific food value of most tried and true building recipes while demonstrating that contemporary junk food is exactly that.

Why should the architect, who is more often a creator and a builder than a reader, plough through pages of analogies that link our perception of spaces and surfaces with the laws of nature in mathematics and physics? Simply because the laws come alive for us in the author's straightforward and active prose. They remind us that when we design a building, we do far more than please a client or satisfy demands of use and economy. They remind us that we shape order in our world. We can base that order on an ideological whim. Or we can base it on patterns and forms found in nature and in the majority of architecture throughout history.

A Theory of Architecture is a book we can read again and again. Then we can put it down and forget about it. The lessons we glean from it will have taken form in the designs we make. We discover that our buildings have levels of scale, meaningful ornament, proportions which the human eye notices inherently. We notice that both patterns and forms comprise the language which our spaces and their boundaries speak. We realize we have learned to design in consonance with our own nature. What a breakthrough! What a book!

Dr. Ir. Jaap Dawson,
Architect and Assistant Professor of Architectural Design,
Technische Universiteit Delft
a *must* read for any student of architecture  Jul 2, 2007
What an amazing book! I highly recommend it to any architect, designer or student thereof. It is a powerful, direct look at the principles behind psychologically pleasing design - grounded in math and science. Salingaros presents easy to digest information; rules that help an architect create his/her own "language" to humanize design, and interesting concepts that everyone can enjoy.

I picked it up about a few months ago, and it has dramatically changed the way I see "good architecture". Following the patterns of Christopher Alexander and others, Salingaros offers us an accessible and applicable examination of how architects construct basic psychological needs into the built environment. He has created easy to understand guides to build a socially responsible, aesthetic and long-lasting architecture.

A Theory of Architecture is a different view of sustainable design that will lead a new breed of architects into a dynamic renewal of human-centric architecture. Undoubtedly the most powerful book I've read since McDonough's Cradle to Cradle. Salingaros is a visionary, and I can't wait to read more of his work!

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