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Catalytic Formations: Digital Design in Architecture
Author: Ali Rahim
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $67.45
ArchitectureWeek— An exploration of ideas, products, and processes of the digital revolution in architectural design. It reflects on what distinguishes digitally designed forms from other architectural forms, other than the way they look. Illustrated by the work of Greg Lynn, Arup, deCoi, ONL, and others.

Performative Architecture: Beyond Instrumentality
Author: Branko Kolarevic and Ali M. Malkawi, editors
Publisher: Spon Press
Year: 2005
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ArchitectureWeek— This book describes a new kind of architecture, in which broadly defined building performance is a guiding design principle more important than form making. These architects use quantitative and qualitative performance-based digital simulations, intent on redefining expectations of design and its process and practice.

Digital Tectonics
Author: Neil Leach, David Turnbull, and Chris Williams, editors
Publisher: Wiley-Academy Press
Year: 2004
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ArchitectureWeek— Digital Tectonics outlines a renewed interest in structure and a growing synergy between architects and engineers, facilitated by the use of digital technologies, which are affording greater insights into the structural behavior of buildings and enabling the fabrication and assembly of increasingly complex forms.

Architecture's New Media: Principles, Theories, and Methods of Computer-Aided Design
Author: Yehuda E. Kalay
Publisher: The MIT Press
Year: 2004
Amazon Price: $46.77
ArchitectureWeek— Computer-aided design technology has already changed the practice of architecture, and it has the potential to change it even more radically. Going beyond improvements in drafting, modeling, and rendering, computer-aided architectural design can support reasoning about and predicting performance of design, generating new design solutions, managing vast amounts of information, and supporting professional collaboration.

Expressive Form
Author: Kostas Terzidis
Publisher: Spon Press
Year: 2003
Amazon Price: $165.00
ArchitectureWeek— This book combines theoretical inquiry with practical implementation of computers related to architectural form and design.

Virtual Reality and the Built Environment
Author: Jennifer Whyte
Publisher: Architectural Press
Year: 2002
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ArchitectureWeek— Explores the use of virtual reality in practice and provides an overview of industrial applications and relevant scientific research.

Index Architecture: A Columbia Book of Architecture
Author: Bernard Tschumi and Matthew Berman, editors
Publisher: MIT Press
Year: 2003
Amazon Price: $27.97
ArchitectureWeek— An anthology of avant-garde work of students and faculty at Columbia University's School of Architecture, showing how the design studio has been altered by digital technology.

History of Form-Z
Author: Pierluigi Serraino
Publisher: Birkhauser
Year: 2002
Amazon Price: $15.95
ArchitectureWeek— The 3D modeling software form-Z has become a common digital tool for architects in exploring complex three dimensional forms. This book outlines the software's development, with a half-dozen case studies from architectural practices.

Architecture and Computers: Action and Reaction in the Digital Design Revolution
Author: James Steele
Publisher: Watson-Guptill Publications
Year: 2002
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ArchitectureWeek— A guide to the pros and cons of using the computer in architectural design. Explores the theory behind cyberspace and the work of pioneering users like Frank Gehry, Hamzah and Yeang, and Nicholas Grimshaw & Partners.

Cyberspace: The World of Digital Architecture
Author: Mark Burry, editor
Publisher: Images Publishing Group Pty. Ltd.
Year: 2001
Amazon Price: $75.00
ArchitectureWeek— Through case studies, catalogs the societal, artistic, craft, and educational dilemmas posed by the design of cyberspace environments.

CAD Principles of Design: An Analytical Approach to the Computational Representation of Architectura
Author: Peter Szalapaj
Publisher: Architectural Press
Year: 2000
Amazon Price: $48.95
ArchitectureWeek— Shows the connections between the common operations and how CAD is used in architectural practice.

Shape: Talking about Seeing and Doing
Author: George Stiny
Publisher: The MIT Press
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $35.08
ArchitectureWeek— How design is calculating with shapes: formal details and design applications.

Cities and Complexity : Understanding Cities with Cellular Automata, Agent-Based Models, and Fractal
Author: Michael Batty
Publisher: The MIT Press
Year: 2006
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ArchitectureWeek— In Cities and Complexity, Michael Batty offers a comprehensive view of urban dynamics in the context of complexity theory, presenting models that demonstrate how complexity theory can embrace a myriad of processes and elements that combine into organic wholes. He argues that bottom-up processes - in which the outcomes are always uncertain - can combine with new forms of geometry associated with fractal patterns and chaotic dynamics to provide theories that are applicable to highly complex systems such as cities. Deploying extensive visual, mathematical, and textual material, Cities and Complexity will be read both by urban researchers and by complexity theorists with an interest in new kinds of computational models.

 

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