By Nikos A. Salingaros

with contributions by Michael W. Mehaffy, Terry M. Mikiten, Debora M. Tejada, and Hing-Sing Yu. Preface by HRH Charles, The Prince of Wales


First edition 2006: 278 pages; second edition with Index 2014: 300 pages.

Paper book is available in: CHINESE | ENGLISH US Edition (buy on Amazon) & International Edition (buy in India) | FARSI (free). *Beware of unscrupulous vendors selling the older edition at outrageous prices!

EBook is available in: ENGLISH from Amazon [Australia -- Brazil -- Canada -- France -- Germany -- Holland -- India -- Italy -- Japan -- Mexico -- Spain -- UK -- USA].

Free chapters below:

An innovative approach to design using scientific concepts such as fractals, hierarchical scaling, complexity, and form languages. Darwinian processes evolve a design using adaptive selection criteria, but circumventing them leads to dysfunctional forms and spaces. Traditional architectures are validated for reasons having to do with human biology and neurological adaptation. This book is used by many architecture students to learn architectural theory as well as practical design methods. It initiated a new direction for building and design that breaks free from irrelevant images. See this book's Wikipedia entry.


Preface by His Royal Highness, Charles, The Prince of Wales
Foreword by Kenneth G. Masden II

Chapter 3. Hierarchical Cooperation in Architecture: the Mathematical Necessity for Ornament | FRENCH

Chapter 4. The Sensory Value of Ornament | SPANISH

Chapter 7. Pavements as Embodiments of Meaning for a Fractal Mind (co-authored with Terry M. Mikiten and Hing-Sing Yu)

Chapter 8. Modularity and the Number of Design Choices (co-authored with D├ębora M. Tejada)

Chapter 9. Geometrical Fundamentalism (co-authored with Michael W. Mehaffy) | ITALIAN | RUSSIAN | SPANISH

Chapter 11. Two Languages for Architecture PART1 PART2 PART3 | SPANISH PART1 PART2 PART3


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