Architecture and Computers: Action and Reaction in the Digital Design Revolution by James Steele

Architecture and Computers: Action and Reaction in the Digital Design Revolution by James Steele soon to be presented for sale on the superior BookLovers of Bath web site!

Published: London: Laurence King, 2001, Hardback in dust wrapper.

Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Colour Photographs; Diagrams;

From the cover: Computers have revolutionized architecture, raising deep philosophical issues that are forcing a paradigm shift in the profession. Initially seen as a positive breakthrough that would make previously inconceivable projects possible, computer-aided design programs are increasingly being viewed as a mixed blessing that must be carefully accommodated in order for architects to retain creative identity.

A fascinating introduction explores the theory behind cyberspace and traces the effects that the worship of technology has had on society. This is followed by five chapters exploring different aspects of the computer in architecture. Themes discussed include the computer as a design tool; Frank Gehrys pioneering use of the CATIA programme, first developed to design fighter planes; the results of letting the computer lead the design process; the backlash led by Eric Owen Moss and Moore, Ruble, Yudell; and the place of the computer in architectural education, with examples of student projects from the University of Southern California School of Architecture. The book features prominent projects by Gehry, Morphosis, Nicholas Grimshaw & Partners, Foster and Partners, Hamzah and Yeang, Coop Himmelb(l)au, NBBJ and others.

Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper which is also lightly pulled at the head of the upper panel. Text complete, clean and tight.

Black boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 240 pages. Index. Bibliography. 11¾” x 9½”.

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