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Hardcover | $58.00 Short | £39.95 | ISBN: 9780262112840 | 536 pp. | 8 x 9 in | 251 illus., 20 in color| May 2004

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Architecture's New Media

Principles, Theories, and Methods of Computer-Aided Design


Computer-aided design (CAD) technology has already changed the practice of architecture, and it has the potential to change it even more radically. With Architecture's New Media, Yehuda Kalay offers a comprehensive exposition of the principles, methods, and practices that underlie architectural computing. He discusses the aspects of information technology that are pertinent to architectural design, analyzes the benefits and drawbacks of particular computational methods, and looks at the potential of emerging computational techniques to affect the future of architectural design.

CAD technology, introduced in the postwar era and adopted in everyday architectural practice beginning in the 1970s, is now so indispensable that, as William Mitchell observes in his foreword, architectural practice without it is "as unimaginable as writing without a word processor." Yet, Kalay argues, it has had little qualitative effect. This book provides a detailed introduction for practitioners, educators, students, and researchers to aspects of CAD that go beyond the improvements in drafting, modeling, and rendering for which it is commonly used. Computer-aided architectural design (CAAD) is capable of modeling and manipulating objects (not merely their graphical representations), reasoning about and predicting performance of design solutions, generating new design solutions through algorithmic and other methods, managing vast amounts of information, and taking advantage of opportunities offered by the Internet for collaboration across time and space and for design of the virtual "space" of the Internet itself.

Architecture's New Media covers five main topics: design methods and computer technology and the relationship between computers and design; the principles of communication and representation; generative design methods; the advantages of computational methods for predicting and evaluating the performance of design solutions; and current and future developments in technology, including collaborative design, intelligent design assistants, construction automation, and virtual design environments.

About the Author

Yehuda E. Kalay is Professor of Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley.


“This book delivers a lot of very palatable information and is ideal for the interested undergraduate...” — Neil Spiller, The Architectural Review


"Car'me threw down the gauntlet when he declared architecture the most noble of the arts and pastry the highest form of architecture. A century and half later, Eating Architecture picks up the gauntlet and runs to imaginative lengths in its exploration of the architectural aspects of food and the gastronomic aspects of architecture. An important and original contribution, full of delightful surprises."
—Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, University Professor and Professor of Performance Studies, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, author of Destination Culture: Tourism, Museums, and Heritage

"Yehuda Kalay masterfully charts the accelerating transformation of the practice of architecture under the relentless onslaught of information technology. His comprehensive new introduction to design computing is an indispensable navigational tool for those trying to understand the past, present, and future of the digital in architecture."
—Branko Kolarevic, Department of Architecture, University of Pennsylvania

"This provocative anthology from an exceptionally diverse set of architects, philosophers, artists, and theoreticians provides something for everyone on the connections between food, eating, the body, and architecture. Studies range from farmers' markets and urban agriculture in Cuba to the role of food in an eighteenth-century French narrative of seduction to etymological meditations on sarcophagi, Mies van der Rohe's design for a drive-in restaurant, and Salvador Dal"'s gastro-aesthetics."
—Elizabeth Cromley, Department of Architecture, Northeastern University

"Yehuda Kalay chronicles the innovations that have made CAD so pervasive in architectural practice today, and shows why that practice is poised to address a much wider range of issues than it has previously. He does this by portraying, in simple language, the principles, theories, and methods that he believes will be the foundation of the next wave forward—architecture's new media."
—Thomas Seebohm, School of Architecture and Integrated Centre for Visualization, Design and Manufacturing, University of Waterloo, Canada

"Like the chef at a fusion grill, Eating Architecture revels in the eclectic, the diverse, even the idiosyncratic. The editors have wisely resisted the temptation to elicit homogeneity from their contributors, and the result is a collection of essays that truly sings—a bold polyphony of distinct voices that jostle and flirt as they map, trace, and sculpt the interpenetrations of food and space. From the analytic to the anecdotal, from the incisive to the suggestive, the essays in Eating Architecture will both challenge and reward the curious reader."
—Mark Morton, University of Winnipeg, author of Cupboard Love: A Dictionary of Culinary Curiosities

"This book is an excellent introduction to media and information technology for architecture and related disciplines. It provides an up-to-date history of these fields and introduces a wide variety of digital technologies to students of design and construction."
—Charles Eastman, Professor in the Colleges of Architecture and Computer Science, Georgia Institute of Technology

"Cooking, like architecture, manifests itself in building. The cook, like the architect, draws on an infinite array of creative resources which make it possible to create wonders from basic construction materials. But even using the finest marble or the best caviar, success is not guaranteed. Architecture, like cooking, evolves and lasts in the form of memories, tastes, and temperatures."
—Ferran Adri

"Eating Architecture is an immensely original and fascinating work. It brings together analyses of food and drink with materialities and design to produce a delightful feast."
—John Urry, Department of Sociology, Lancaster University

"Two essential and connective parts of our culture, food and architecture, are brought together in a serious and provocative fashion with Eating Architecture. If it wasn't clear before that the two rule the world, it will be now."
—Michael Maltzan, architect