Kostas Terzidis. Algorithmic Architecture. Introduction to the MAS Colloquia / • Computer as algorithmic machine. • Development of digital architecture. Algorithmic Architecture, Kostas Terzidis Architectural Press, Oxford. So let’s start with an (admittedly simplistic) question: Are algorithms radically new. Nick Senske, Evaluation and Impact of a Required Computational Thinking Course for Architecture Students, Proceedings of the ACM SIGCSE Technical.
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9780750667258 – Algorithmic Architecture by Kostas Terzidis
Are algorithms radically new ways of generating form or just another toolkit for design? Though this presents a false-fork, it does caricature two sides of an imbalanced debate…a debate that Algorithmic Architecture enters into in an odd way.
Algorithmic Architecture is a strange book.
I want to be clear: I am not opposed to strange books. Flatland is a strange book. All three books are riddled with paradox and contradiction.
However, whereas the later two classic works of fiction approach abstraction in a lively and poetic agchitecture — sometimes morphing contradiction into fleeting insight — Algorithmic Architecture contradicts itself in much more confounding fashion…. Let me first say that the structure of Algorithmic Architecture is truly eclectic.
At the outset, he presents many structural supports on which to frame his argument, but little actual architecture. In this chapter, the author explains the basics of MEL Maya Embedded Language scripting, and gives numerous code examples pages and pages worth. This chapter is almost completely different in tone and pitch: For some readers, this might be new territory; to anyone who has already done any programming whatsoever, having variables, arrays and for loops explained again is unnecessary and a little comic wedged in the middle of a theoretical treatise on the role of computation in architecture.
The book ends with an epi multi logue discussion of the concepts tsrzidis in the book and a number of interesting departures, contradictions and terzifis.
The implication of this position for design is that the computer or the algorithm ought not to be seen as an extension of man, but as a completely different intentional entity with which one collaborates. The implication for design at least early in the book is that seeking the radically new or novel is futile in the face of a deterministic and causal universe…to caricature: In the opening chapter, Terzidis claims that a computer should not be seen as a tool or an extension of man.
However, when he seeks to define the algorithm, he states:.
Terzidis is not clear on this point. If, as Terzidis holds, humans today have become capable of exceeding their own intellect pg.
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On the one hand, if you accept his claim that the computer can handle a mode of thought completely foreign and inaccessible to humans, you must dispense to a certain degree with the notion of purely human agency within the design process. However, Terzidis also seems to claim and disclaim?
Most of this philosophical and linguistic exploration is contained in the first two chapters of the book. With each passing chapter, I craved a sentence that would have been formulated thus: Though there are some hints that algorithmic design may someday be the dominant paradigm of dealing with spatial and formal complexity, I wanted a more plausible picture of such a future.
Early algorithmic buildings will probably be spectacular failures, and it is up to Terzidis to convince me otherwise.
Arcbitecture it is appropriate that this book reads like a series of fragments, rather than a cohesive whole…for fragments are all that remains of the works of the pre-Socratic philosophy Kostas Terzidis takes as his point of departure. However, whereas the later two classic works of fiction approach abstraction achitecture a lively and poetic manner — sometimes morphing contradiction into fleeting insight — Algorithmic Architecture contradicts itself in much more confounding fashion… Let me first say that the structure of Algorithmic Architecture is truly eclectic.
However, when he seeks to define the algorithm, he states: ElumTools by Jack Chaffin.