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From a Representation of Form to a Simulation of Space

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ISBN 9780415402026
Published February 23, 2007 by Routledge
224 Pages

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Book Description

This well-illustrated book unites essayists and emerging architectural practices to examine how digital tools are increasingly being used in architectural design, not only to show form, structure and geometries but also to visualize and simulate energies and material qualities such as air, gas, sound, scent and electricity.

Softspace takes stock of current advancements in design and research, while drawing on historical and ideological trajectories rooted in the past fifty years. The varied contributors examine the capabilities of such 'energy matters' to act as catalysts for design innovation today.

This well-presented and impressively authored title will provoke architects of all levels to consider the potential for creative and innovative design through the use of digital design tools.

Table of Contents

Preface: The Stuff Between, In & Around Sean Lally & Jessica Youn

Introduction: Energies, Matter & the Gradients of Space Sean Lally

Putting out the Fire with Gasoline: Parables of Entropy and Homeostasis from the Second Machine Age to the Information Age Christopher Hight

Potential Energies Sean Lally

The Phenomena of the Non-Visual Michelle Addington

Nested Capacities, Gradient Thresholds & Modulated Environments: Towards Differentiated and Multi-Performative Architectures Michael Hensel & Achim Menges

Dissipative Procedures: Optimization through ‘Phenomenonization’ Chandler Ahrens, Eran Neuman & Aaron Sprecher

Cybernetic Anything... Marcelyn Gow

The Archoid Chimera: Electric Space as Social Machine Tobi Schneidler

Eco_logics Helene Furján

Matter and Sense Jason Payne & Heather Roberge

Postscript: This Pipe is Not a Pipe Dream Lars Lerup

Postscript: I, the Scent Cube and CSI; or, the Controlled Soft Interior Bart Lootsma

Notes, Credits, Biographies


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Sean Lally is Caudill Visiting Assistant Professor at the Rice School of Architecture, Texas, USA 

Jessica Young is Director of Publications at the Rice School of Architecture, Texas, USA.