Bits and Spaces: Architecture and Computing for Physical, Virtual, Hybrid Realms : 33 Projects by Architecture and CAAD, ETH Zurich, Volume 1

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Maia Engeli
Birkhäuser, 2001 - Architecture - 207 pages
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Edited by Professor Maia Engeli and with a contribution by Professor Gerhard Schmitt, both of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Z rich), this book presents 33 exciting new projects which demonstrate the growing significance of CAAD for today's architects. Divided into 5 main chapters: Design in Space and Time; Learning and Creative Collaboration; Virtual Environments; IT and Practice; and Blurring Boundaries, the projects illustrate how computers can be used innovatively and creatively in designing physical, virtual and hybrid architecture. Particular emphasis is placed on the interaction between man and computer, and also on the aesthetic aspects. The book is accompanied by a CD-Rom which documents the design processes through animation sequences, demonstrating the dynamic features of the projects. Whilst these tools, installations and multi-media projects have arisen out of the field of architecture, they exceed the narrow confines of this discipline to touch upon areas such as interior design, graphic design and information technology. The designs presented are colourful and complex, seeking to fire the imagination in creating a fitting environment for today's society.

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