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Architecture's New Media : Principles, Theories, and Methods of Computer-Aided Design - Yehuda E. Kalay

Architecture's New Media

Principles, Theories, and Methods of Computer-Aided Design

Hardcover Published: 1st May 2004
ISBN: 9780262112840
Number Of Pages: 536
For Ages: 18+ years old

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Computer-aided design (CAD) technology has already changed the practice of architecture, and it has the potential to change it even more radically. With "Architecture's New Media," Yehuda Kalay offers a comprehensive exposition of the principles, methods, and practices that underlie architectural computing. He discusses the aspects of information technology that are pertinent to architectural design, analyzes the benefits and drawbacks of particular computational methods, and looks at the potential of emerging computational techniques to affect the future of architectural design. CAD technology, introduced in the postwar era and adopted in everyday architectural practice beginning in the 1970s, is now so indispensable that, as William Mitchell observes in his foreword, architectural practice without it is "as unimaginable as writing without a word processor." Yet, Kalay argues, it has had little qualitative effect. This book provides a detailed introduction for practitioners, educators, students, and researchers to aspects of CAD that go beyond the improvements in drafting, modeling, and rendering for which it is commonly used. Computer-aided architectural design (CAAD) is capable of modeling and manipulating objects (not merely their graphical representations), reasoning about and predicting performance of design solutions, generating new design solutions through algorithmic and other methods, managing vast amounts of information, and taking advantage of opportunities offered by the Internet for collaboration across time and space and for design of the virtual "space" of the Internet itself. "Architecture's New Media" covers five main topics: design methods and computer technology and the relationship between computers and design; the principles of communication and representation; generative design methods; the advantages of computational methods for predicting and evaluating the performance of design solutions; and current and future developments in technology, including collaborative design, intelligent design assistants, construction automation, and virtual design environments.

[T]his book delivers a lot of very palatable information and is ideal for the interested undergraduate...

-The Architectural Review
[T]his book delivers a lot of very palatable information and is ideal for the interested undergraduate...

-The Architectural Review * Reviews *

Forewordp. ix
Prefacep. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xix
Introductionp. 1
Designp. 5
Computingp. 27
Programmingp. 45
Computing in Architectural Designp. 63
Communicationp. 83
The Nature of Communicationp. 87
The Roles of Communicationp. 99
Habitual Methods of Representationp. 117
Modelingp. 133
Visualizationp. 161
The Impact of Computing on Communication in Designp. 189
Synthesisp. 199
Problem Explorationp. 205
Habitual Methodsp. 223
Procedural Methodsp. 237
Heuristic Methodsp. 255
Evolutionary Methodsp. 277
Evaluationp. 295
The Nature of Evaluation and Predictionp. 299
Methods of Predictionp. 317
Modalities of Evaluationp. 337
Evaluating Quantifiable Qualitiesp. 357
Evaluating Nonquantifiable Qualitiesp. 375
Futurep. 393
Distributed, Collaborative Designp. 399
Intelligent Design Agentsp. 419
Building and Construction Automationp. 441
Virtual Placesp. 455
Conclusionp. 475
Notesp. 491
Indexp. 523
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ISBN: 9780262112840
ISBN-10: 0262112841
Series: The MIT Press
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 536
Published: 1st May 2004
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 20.3  x 3.8
Weight (kg): 1.45