1st Edition

Theories of the Digital in Architecture

ISBN 9780415469241
Published February 18, 2014 by Routledge
456 Pages

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Book Description

In the form of a critical anthology, this book interlaces an ensemble of seminal articles by leading figures in the theory and practice of digital design with a series of original theoretical texts. It develops a meta-theory of the emerging interactions of media technologies and design in architecture. This theory is promoted as a foundation of transformations in design methods as well as a basis for the evolution of new forms of design thinking.

The development of an explication of emerging concepts in the form of a new taxonomy is an important contribution in any form of discourse analysis. Theories of the Digital in Architecture attempts to develop such a conceptual orientation for the growing impact of the integration of digital media technologies in design. It locates these conceptual structures within a historical perspective that identifies the coming into being of a new epistemology of the digital in architecture.

Table of Contents

Preface  Introduction: Vitruvius Digitalis Rivka Oxman and Robert Oxman  Part 1: Theory: A Universe of Discourse  Part 2: Form: From Composition to Generation  Part 3: Performance/Generation: From Analysis to Informed Synthesis  Part 4: Parametrics: The Design of Multiplicities  Part 5: Morphogenesis: Bio-inspired Evolutionary Design  Part 6: Tectonics: From Form to Material Tectonics  Part 7: Materialization: Materialization Processes and Design Technologies  Part 8: Material Fabrication: Design Technologies of Digital Materiality  Part 9: Responsive/Dynamic/Adaptive  Part 10: Epistemology: Disciplinary Knowledge of Digital Design in Architecture 

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Rivka Oxman is a distinguished researcher in the field of design research. Her current work explores the impact of emerging digital media and technologies on design. She is a Fellow of the Design Research Society and one of the editors of the international journal for design research, Design Studies.

Robert Oxman is an author and researcher in the history and theory of architecture and design. His most recent book is The New Structuralism, 2010, written in collaboration with Rivka Oxman.


"Theories of the Digital in Architecture is an exceptional book co-authored by two distinguished design scholars Rivka Oxman and Robert Oxman. This is a "must-read" for all researchers and practitioners in digital design and architecture. Focusing on theorisation, this book surveys the vastly diverse topics and technologies in the field. Together with 33 eminent scholars and industry leaders, Professors Rivka Oxman and Robert Oxman trace the origin and explore the evolution and future of the concept and application of digital thinking and technologies in architecture." - Dr. Ning Gu, The University of Newcastle, Australia