Geometry is a dynamic branch of mathematics that also serves as a creative tool for engineers, artists, and architects. Squaring the Circle: Geometry in Art and Architecture includes all the topics necessary for a solid foundation in geometry and explores the timeless influence of geometry on art and architecture. The text offers wide-ranging exercise sets and related projects that allow students to practice and master the mathematics presented. Each chapter introduces mathematical concepts geometrically and illustrates their nontraditional applications in art and architecture throughout the centuries. Appropriate for both basic mathematics courses and cross-discipline courses in mathematics and art, Squaring the Circle requires no previous mathematics.
Every age and every culture has relied on the incorporation of mathematics in their works of architecture to imbue the built environment with meaning and order. Mathematics is also central to the production of architecture, to its methods of measurement, fabrication and analysis. This two-volume edited collection presents a detailed portrait of the ways in which two seemingly different disciplines are interconnected. Over almost 100 chapters it illustrates and examines the relationship between architecture and mathematics. Contributors of these chapters come from a wide range of disciplines and backgrounds: architects, mathematicians, historians, theoreticians, scientists and educators. Through this work, architecture may be seen and understood in a new light, by professionals as well as non-professionals. Volume I covers architecture from antiquity through Egyptian, Mayan, Greek, Roman, Medieval, Inkan, Gothic and early Renaissance eras and styles. The themes that are covered range from symbolism and proportion to measurement and structural stability. From Europe to Africa, Asia and South America, the chapters span different countries, cultures and practices.
This classic survey of Italian Baroque art & architecture focuses on the arts in every center between Venice & Sicily in the early, high, & late Baroque periods. Wittkower's text is now accompanied by a critical introduction & substantial new bibliography. This edition-now published in three volumes-will also include color illustrations for the first time.
"The Geographic Region Around the North Pole is a Raw and Exotic Area of Untouched Nature and Inescapable Beauty. Building in this extremely cold climate requires an advanced degree of ingenuity and resolve. Ecological conditions, including high winds, snowdrifts, and permafrost, combined with periods of little sunlight present seemingly impossible logistical hurdles for architects. Vernacular buildings have emerged, but like most indigenous structures they do little more than simply enclose and protect. Recent years have witnessed an explosion of exceptional new architecture and a new definition of a Northern building - one that is both extraordinarily responsive to place and aesthetically provocative." "In Modern North: Architecture on the Frozen Edge, author Julie Decker presents thirty-four of the most compelling and far-ranging possibilities of contemporary architecture in the North. These buildings - located in northern Canada, Scandinavia, and Alaska - are united in the way they embrace extreme conditions and provide visual stimulation in places that sometimes offer little more than a whitescape. The book contains innovative structures by both established and up-and-coming architects, including David Chipperfield Architects, Studio Granda, and Shim-Sutcliffe Architects, as well as essays by Brian Carter, Juhani Pallasmaa, Edwin Crittenden, and Lisa Rochon that place the projects in the context of a new architectural response to the North."--BOOK JACKET.
Erinnern wir uns nicht alle mit Schrecken an die ratlosen Momente vor der Tafel im Matheunterricht? Mit Kurvendiskussionen und Dreisatz dürften jedenfalls nur wenige Spaß und Spannung verbinden... Bis jetzt! Denn nun wagt sich Alex Bellos in den Kaninchenbau der Mathematik: in das Reich von Geometrie und Algebra, von Wahrscheinlichkeitsrechnung, Statistik und logischen Paradoxa. Auf der anderen Seite des Erdballs, am Amazonas, zählen die Mitglieder des Indianerstammes der Munduruku nur bis fünf und halten die Vorstellung, dass dies nicht genügen solle, für reichlich lächerlich. Bei uns in Deutschland dagegen finden jährlich die Meisterschaften der besten Kopfrechner der Welt statt - 2010 wurde in Magdeburg eine elfjährige Inderin zur Nummer eins unter den "Mathleten" gekürt. Die Mathe-Weltmeisterin unter den Tieren ist hingegen die Schimpansin Ai, die Alex Bellos im japanischen Inuyama aufspürt und über deren Rechenkünste er nur staunen kann. Auch wenn er von den bahnbrechenden Überlegungen Euklids erzählt oder erklärt, warum man in Japan seine Visitenkarten keinesfalls zu Dodekaedern falten sollte - Bellos führt uns durch das wahrhaft erstaunliche Reich der Zahlen und bringt uns eine komplexe Wissenschaft spielerisch nahe. Mit seiner Mischung aus spannender Reportage, Wissenschaftsgeschichte und mathematischen Kabinettstückchen erbringt er souverän den Beweis, dass die Gleichung Mathematik = Langeweile eindeutig nicht wahr ist. Quod erat demonstrandum.
Patrizia della Porta's "MU-seum" project considers the representation of the void in contemporary architecture through the exploration of different museums: the Whitney Museum (Earth), the Guggenheim Museum (Air), the East Wing of the National Gallery of Art in Washington (Fire) and the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao (Water).

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