Fractal Geometry in Architecture and Design

By (author) Bovill, Carl

Fractal geometry is the formal study of mathematical shapes that display a progression of never-ending, self-similar, meandering detail from large to small scales. It has the descriptive power to capture, explain, and enhance one's appreciation of and control over complex diversity. Natural shapes and rhythms, such as leaves, tree branching, mountain ridges, flood levels of a river, wave patterns, and nerve impulses, display this cascading behaviour. These fractal concepts are found in many fields, from physics to musical composition. Architecture and design, concerned with control over rhythm, and with such fractal concepts as the progression of forms from a distant view down to the intimate details, can benefit from the use of this relatively new mathematical tool. Fractal geometry is a rare example of a technology that reaches into the core of design composition, allowing the architect or designer to express a complex understanding of nature. The exposition of the book is at a level suitable for applied scientists, architects, and students with a modest background in mathematics. It is well illustrated and has numerous examples from which to learn the underlying concepts and their applications. Thus the book is addressed to a wide audience with a multiplicity of interests in new compositional ideas.

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  • 1 Introduction.- 2 Basic Fractals.- 3 The Fractal Dimension.- 4 Feedback and Iteration.- 5 Random Fractals, Midpoint Displacement, and Curdling.- 6 Natural and Fractal Fluctuations in Time, Noise, and Music.- 7 Fractal Concepts Applied to Architectural and Design Criticism.- 8 Fractal Concepts Applied to Design Method.- References.

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書名 Fractal Geometry in Architecture and Design
著作者等 Bovill, Carl
シリーズ名 Design Science Collection
出版元 Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
刊行年月 2012.10.17
ページ数 214p
大きさ H254 x W178
ISBN 9781461269182
言語 英語
出版国 アメリカ合衆国