Morpho-Ecologies: Towards Heterogeneous Space In Architecture Design

Michael Hensel

Paperback: 366 pages
Publisher: AA Publications (February 1, 2007)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 190290253X
ISBN-13: 978-1902902531
Ecology is the study of the relationship between organisms and their environment. Through their teaching at the AA, Michael Hensel and Achim Menges have shown how this definition also suits the discipline of architecture surprisingly well: one of the central tasks for architects is to provide opportunities for habitation through specific material and energetic interventions in the physical environment. Correlating morphogenesis and ecology, they have developed a new framework for architectural design that is firmly rooted within a biological paradigm, and thus concerned with issues of higher-level functionality and performance capacity. They have named this approach Morpho-Ecology.The first part of the book introduces the theoretical and methodological framework for their approach; the second part presents 20 research projects undertaken by students in AA Diploma Unit 4. The thir part contains the proceedings of the ‘Differentiated Systems in Nature and Design Symposium’ held at the AA, with contributions by Mark Burry, Christopher Hight, Wolf Mangelsdorf, Peter Trummer, Julian Vincent, Michael Weinstock.

In Detail: Building Skins

Series: In Detail (englisch)
Schittich, Christian (Ed.)
New enlarged ed., 2006, 198 p. 397 illus., 184 in color., Hardcover
ISBN: 978-3-7643-7640-6
A Birkhäuser book

This volume focuses on the wide-ranging aspects of facade design, from the selection and use of materials to the advanced technical possibilities now open to the architect.  A wide array of carefully selected international examples show the theory in the practice.

The Nature of Order

Christopher Alexander

Relié: 636 pages
Editeur : Center for Environmental Structure (15 juillet 2004)
Collection : Nature of Order
Langue : Anglais
ISBN-10: 0972652922
ISBN-13: 978-0972652926

Intelligent Skins

Michael Wigginton and Jude Harris

Published by Architectural Press
Publication date : March 2002
ISBN : 0750648473

Looking to the future, “Intelligent Skins” sets out the principles for the design of the intelligent building envelope. It highlights an exciting new approach to the area, where the fabric of the building responds to external changes and internal demands.
The prime objective is to control internal environments through a responsive building fabric rather than by energy consuming building services systems. The authors examine the potential for integral intelligence within the fabric of the building and explore the evolution of information technology and smart materials which have allowed a whole new category of design principles to be created. Some of the highlighted features :

Gain a comprehensive knowledge of the evolution of the “Intelligent Skin”.
Explores a new approach to Intelligent Buildings, focusing on the fabric of the building responding to external changes and internal demands
Includes over twenty cutting-edge international case studies

A New Kind of Science

Stephen Wolfram and founder of Wolfram Research

Publisher: Wolfram Media, 2002
ISBN: 1579550088 (Hardcover/1197 pages)

Two decades in the making, this long-awaited work from one of the world’s most respected scientists presents a series of dramatic discoveries never before made public. Starting from a collection of simple computer experiments–illustrated in the book by striking computer graphics–Wolfram shows how their unexpected results force a whole new way of looking at the operation of our universe.

Wolfram uses his approach to tackle a remarkable array of fundamental problems in science: from the origin of the Second Law of Thermodynamics to the development of complexity in biology, the computational limitations of mathematics, the possibility of a truly fundamental theory of physics, and the interplay between free will and determinism.

Written with exceptional clarity and illustrated by more than a thousand original pictures, this seminal book allows scientists and nonscientists alike to participate in what promises to be a major intellectual

Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired By Nature

Janine M. Benyus

Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: William Morrow; 1st edition (May 21, 1997)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0688136915
ISBN-13: 978-0688136918

Innovations, whether in farming, composite science, or computing, are a product of human creativity. Science writer Benyus (Beastly Behaviors, LJ 9/1/92) uses these subjects and others to demonstrate how nature’s solutions to situations have been the creative jumping-off points for individuals seeking solutions, developing, or simply revitalizing processes or products. The first seven chapters are a prelude to the final chapter, which tackles industrial ecology. Here, Benyus proposes “ten lessons” that an ecologically astute company, culture, or economy could practice to promote a healthier existence for us all. There is no grandstanding, just readable language and a simple awe at human creativity and the uses to which it can be put. For popular science collections.?Michael D. Cramer, North Carolina Dept. of Environmental Health and Natural Resources Lib., Raleigh
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Adaptative patterns

D. Serero

Design Intelligence Conference
MIT Press