2011年5月30日 星期一




by Nikos A. Salingaros.

with contributions by Michael W. Mehaffy, Terry M. Mikiten, Debora M. Tejada, and Hing-Sing Yu.
Preface by HRH Charles, The Prince of Wales.

Paperback: 278 pages
Publisher: Umbau-Verlag, Solingen, Germany (August 2006)
ISBN: 3-937954-07-4
Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 23.5 cm; 6.75 x 9.5 inches

The US distributor is ISI Books, with online retail sales HERE; for wholesale orders please call 800-621-2736. All major US bookstores are now carrying this book, including Barnes & Noble, Buy.com, and Amazon.com.

European readers can buy the english version in a slighly different format (same text) directly from the BoD online bookstore, which ships wholesale and retail orders from Germany.

The Persian version is available in bookstores in Iran, and is published by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development, Center for Architectural and Urban Studies and Research, 2008.

This book is already being used for courses in architecture schools.

"In a sane world, Prof. Salingaros would be sitting on architecture-prize and architecture-school boards, and would be fending off all-too-frequent requests from major magazines and newspapers for his opinion, insights and judgment." -- Michael Blowhard.

This book presents some ideas I have explored in trying to discover the basis for architectural design. The search has led me to apply science and mathematics to architecture, which has proved remarkably fruitful in establishing new and useful results. Most architects know of the historical application of ancient mathematics such as proportional ratios -- yet it is not this type of mathematics that actually governs general architectural form. Rather, it is the more recently developed mathematics of fractals, information theory, and complexity. I have presented these results in the most simplified manner possible, to be useful to practicing architects as well as to students with very modest mathematical skills.

Each book chapter consists of one of my published papers in architecture. This collection of research articles can be used as a textbook for architectural design, or as supplementary material. Individual chapters have indeed been used in this manner in many schools since their initial publication. Their main message is that architecture should be based on principles that stand scientific scrutiny and experimental test. I present new results, so no similar treatment of the principles underlying architectural design exists at the present time. My own architectural formation is due to my long involvement with Christopher Alexander in helping him to edit The Nature of Order, so, naturally, my work is profoundly influenced by his.

"A Theory of Architecture" has its own WIKIPEDIA ARTICLE

REVIEW by Ashraf Salama, Archnet-IJAR, Volume 1, Issue 2, July 2007 [PDF].

REVIEW by John Hill, A Weekly Dose of Architecture, July 2007

REVIEW by Michael Blowhard, November 2006. Reprinted in part in Veritas et Venustas

REVIEW by Kim Sorvig and Jenny Quillien (in french), August 2006.

REVIEW by Vilma Torselli (in italian), August 2006.

Read extracts on Google Books and on Amazon (forthcoming)


Preface by His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales
Foreword by Kenneth G. Masden II

Chapter 1. The Laws of Architecture from a Physicist's Perspective

Chapter 2. A Scientific Basis for Creating Architectural Forms

Chapter 3. Hierarchical Cooperation in Architecture: the Mathematical Necessity for Ornament

Chapter 4. The Sensory Value of Ornament

Chapter 5. Life and Complexity in Architecture From a Thermodynamic Analogy

Chapter 6. Architecture, Patterns, and Mathematics

Chapter 7. Pavements as Embodiments of Meaning for a Fractal Mind (co-authored with Terry M. Mikiten and Hing-Sing Yu)

Chapter 8. Modularity and the Number of Design Choices (co-authored with Débora M. Tejada)

Chapter 9. Geometrical Fundamentalism (co-authored with Michael W. Mehaffy)

Chapter 10. Darwinian Processes and Memes in Architecture: A Memetic Theory of Modernism (co-authored with Terry M. Mikiten)

Chapter 11. Two Languages for Architecture

And, just for fun, some comments from the Dark Side: "Pure unsubstantiated, uncompromising, polemic ... This particular book is a nasty bit of hard porn." -- Will (posted on "A Daily Dose of Architecture", 1 July 2007).

Thematic summary of publications

Publications in Architecture and Urbanism

Salingaros Home Page


作者: (美) 萨林加罗斯
译者: 吴秀洁
出版社: 中国建筑工业出版社
出版年: 2010-1
页数: 270
定价: 49.00元
装帧: 平装

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  本书的作者是一位科学大师,对建筑有着独到的见解。他在书中以浅显易懂的语言向 读者娓娓讲述了什么才是建筑真正的精髓所在。本书共分12章,各章之间均存在着严密的逻辑关系。在建筑的科学视角部分,本书从数学和物理科学的角度提出了 建筑生成应遵循的法则。对于建筑中的“装饰”这一古老而经典的话题,则从科学和感官的角度论证了其存在的价值,体现出全新的研究方法。在建筑的视觉模式部 分,本书将建筑的话题拉回到形式语言上,系统化地阐述了尺度、对比、层级、对称、秩序等建筑的基本问题,总结出了可用于指导建筑实践的规律法则。在对当代 建筑进行批判的基础上,本书主张建筑设计应当回归人性化,强调人对于空间场所的感悟,强调城市中的建筑生成法则应该与视知觉、神经生物学、实验心理学规范 的人类需求想符合。
经过了十几年的酝酿筹备,这本建筑学教科书终于面世了。无论一年级的学生、还是正在撰写建筑理论论文的博士生,从高级设计工作室的建筑工作人员,到经验丰 富的从业建筑师,对于每个与建筑领域有关的人来说,这本书都是非常实用的。编写这本书的过程可谓精工细作,建筑学初学者们也不妨一读。书中所包含的信息是 对各种设计技巧的集成和荟萃。它可以告诉读者如何独立于任何特定的风格,并根据人类的需求和情感进行设计。本书提供给读者的是一套统一的真正的建筑学知 识,能够让人对这一学科获得全新而清晰的认识。书中针对人们对建筑的本能认识进行了大量的阐释,并第一次把这些知识用简明易懂的形式表达出来。尼科 斯·A·萨林加罗斯博士(Nikos A.Salingaros)已经出版了《城市结构原理》(Principles of Urban Structure)(2005)一书。这本书已经得到了广泛认可和应用,并被誉为对城市进程的基本综合与理解。他参与过的那些建筑环境的组织工作一般的 从业建筑师都极少经历过。这本新书后面的章节将探讨一些非常敏感的话题:什么原因导致建筑师们制造出他们所建成的形态;为什么建筑师总是使用非常局限的视 觉词汇等等。是由于个人的创造性,还是由于他们自身也不曾意识到的原因?到目前还没有一本书像本书这样触及建筑学的本质。另一位惟一可以把热情(和争论) 激发到这种程度的是克里斯托弗·亚历山大(Christopher Alexander),他恰好也是萨林加罗斯博士的朋友和建筑学导师。


尼科斯·A·萨林格罗斯是一位执业城市设计师和建筑理论家,同时又有科学家和数学家的背景,在建筑理论界有着很大的影响,在最近世界范围内举办的一次“有 史以来最杰出的城市思想家”的网络投票中名列第11位。在对建筑科学规律的研究中,他成为首位在建筑学领域获得由AHred P.Sloan基金会颂发研究补助金的学者。他目前是美国得克萨斯大学圣安东尼奥分校数学系教授,并任教于荷兰代尔夫特理工大学和罗马第三大学建筑学院。 他还是传统建筑与城市地区国际组织成员、众多美国新城市主义工程项目和多个国家政府规划部门的顾问。他是建筑理论界著名学者亚历山大的合作伙伴,研究领域 集中在城市与建筑理论、复杂性理论和设计哲学方面。他在世界各地与知名业者合作开展业务,并把其来源于数学、科学和建筑学相互关系的独到理论见解应用到建 筑和城市设计中。他的作品包括《建筑论语》“(A Theory 0f Archi.teeture)、《反建筑与解构主义新论》(Anti.Architectureand DeconstrMct:ion)和《城市结构原理》(Principles 0furban structure)等,曾被译成世界多种语言,在学校、建筑同行和政府机构中流传广泛,被认为是锻造了新人文主义和传统建筑永恒真理相结合的创新思想的 科学基础。


第1章 物理学家眼中的建筑法则
第2章 创造建筑形态的科学基础
第3章 建筑学中的层级协作:装饰中的数学必要性
第4章 装饰的感官价值
第5章 建筑生命和复杂性与热动力学的类比
第6章 建筑学、模式和数学
第7章 分形心理意义的体现——路面
第8章 模块化和设计选择的数量
第9章 几何原教旨主义
第10章 建筑学中的达尔文过程和模因:现代主义模因理论
第11章 建筑学的两种语言