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Mathematics and the Built Environment

The Fractal Dimension of Architecture

Authors: Ostwald, Michael J., Vaughan, Josephine

  • First volume in the new series “Mathematics and the Built Environment”
  • Presents the results of the largest and most mathematically rigorous analysis of architectural form ever undertaken
  • Contains a clear description of the process of using fractal dimensions to measure architecture, along with a detailed demonstration of its application
  • The book is extensively illustrated with new computer-generated images (plans, elevations and perspectives) of 85 famous buildings
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About this book

Fractal analysis is a method for measuring, analysing and comparing the formal or geometric properties of complex objects. In this book it is used to investigate eighty-five buildings that have been designed by some of the twentieth-century’s most respected and celebrated architects. Including designs by Le Corbusier, Eileen Gray, Frank Lloyd Wright, Robert Venturi, Frank Gehry, Peter Eisenman, Richard Meier and Kazuyo Sejima amongst others, this book uses mathematics to analyse arguments and theories about some of the world’s most famous designs.

Starting with 625 reconstructed architectural plans and elevations, and including more than 200 specially prepared views of famous buildings, this book presents the results of the largest mathematical study ever undertaken into architectural design and the largest single application of fractal analysis presented in any field. The data derived from this study is used to test three overarching hypotheses about social, stylistic and personal trends in design, along with five celebrated arguments about twentieth-century architecture. Through this process the book offers a unique mathematical insight into the history and theory of design.

Reviews

“It is written by experts who have published a lot on this particular subject on the boundary of architecture and mathematics. … this book is in the first place addressing architect students or researchers … . All the elements of the research methodology, hence also the fractal dimension, are clearly and extensively explained and motivated. Also the analysis of the results and conclusions are carefully described. So it is easy to read and understand for anyone interested in the topic.” (Adhemar Bultheel, European Mathematical Society, euro-math-soc.eu, December, 2016)


Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Ostwald, Michael J. (et al.)

    Pages 1-18

  • Fractals in Architectural Design and Critique

    Ostwald, Michael J. (et al.)

    Pages 21-37

  • Introducing the Box-Counting Method

    Ostwald, Michael J. (et al.)

    Pages 39-66

  • Measuring Architecture

    Ostwald, Michael J. (et al.)

    Pages 67-85

  • Refining the Method

    Ostwald, Michael J. (et al.)

    Pages 87-131

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eBook $99.00
price for USA (gross)
valid through October 16, 2017
  • ISBN 978-3-319-32426-5
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $129.00
price for USA
valid through October 16, 2017
  • ISBN 978-3-319-32424-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Fractal Dimension of Architecture
Authors
Series Title
Mathematics and the Built Environment
Series Volume
1
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Birkhäuser Basel
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-32426-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-32426-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-32424-1
Series ISSN
2512-157X
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 423
Number of Illustrations and Tables
202 b/w illustrations
Topics