BOOK REVIEW: UNIFIED ARCHITECTURAL THEORY: FORM, LANGUAGE, COMPLEXITY, NIKOS A. SALINGAROS

Farzad Pour Rahimian

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.26687/archnet-ijar.v11i3.1394

Abstract

Unified Architectural Theory: Form, Language, Complexity is a compendium of scientific knowledge and practical insight into architectural theory and how it is taught to students. In this guide, Nikos Salingaros, Professor of Mathematics at the University of Texas, offers a succinct summary of his extensive course focusing on how to intelligently approach architectural design by aid of scientific evidence. Unified Architectural Theory seeks to establish a clear articulation of the perdurable framework behind “all of architecture” through centuries that is based on hard scientific facts rather than personal sentiments. The book contains 44 sections and is organised in two parts that respectively give an overview of the course lectures and assignments. The concise format of the sections as well as the apprehensible writing tailored to meet students’ needs make it a great companion for anyone who wants to learn.

Keywords

architectural language; biological form; geometry; evidence-based design; organised complexity

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References

Salingaros, N. A., et al. (2013). Unified Architectural Theory: Form, Language, Complexity : a Companion to Christopher Alexander's "The Phenomenon of Life - The Nature of Order, Book 1": Vajra Books.


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