New Flatness: Surface Tension in Digital Architecture

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Springer Science & Business Media, Aug 1, 2000 - Architecture - 93 pages
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In recent architecture theory and practise there has been a tendency to refer to exteriors as a skin concealing an interior, as opposed to the traditional and more physical concepts of surface, flatness, and depth. The computer now enables the architect to call his design into life, free from the rigid material form, and view it as a flexible and interactive creation. In this book, the concepts of flatness and surface tension are examined in the light of virtual design and built reality. A selection of projects are presented to show how the architects regard space and surfaces in modern architectural practice in a digital age.
 

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Contents

1 Surface Tension
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13 Flatness
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14 Mapping Time
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15 Flattened Topologies
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2 Architectural Surfaces
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22 Immaterial and the Transparent
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23 Beauty is Skin Deep
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24 Media Surfaces
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35 Networked Surfaces
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36 Hybridization the Chimerical
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37 Deep Surfaces
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38 Moving Glass Digital Stone
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39 Serial Originals
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4 Virtual Real Interface
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41 Virtual and First Reality Environments
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42 Multimedia Environments
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25 Folded Surfaces
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26 Mapping Surfaces
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27 Topological Surfaces
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3 Digital Technology and Architecture
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32 Computer Numerically Controlled Manufacturing
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33 The World of NURBS
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34 Striated to Smooth Urban Space
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43 Morphogenesis
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44 11 Hypersurface Architectures
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45 Blobs Built
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5 Time Frozen Form Liberated?
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6 Towards an Interdisciplinary Critique
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Annotated Bibliography
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