Decoding the City
Decoding the City is the latest book edited by Dietmar Offenhuber and Carlo Ratti of MIT Senseable Lab collecting some 13 articles on, as the subtitle reads – Urbanism in the Age of Big Data – the use of Big Data analysis for urbanism. The book is divided in 3 chapters:
- Data – Source and Collection
- Representation – Models and Visualization
- Places – Implications for Design
In Big Data analysis, a major role is played by data visualization therefore the book showcases novel infographics to make data understandable to the general public in a very effective way.
You can find a copy of the book here.
Shell Structures for Architecture Form Finding and Optimization
A very comprehensive book on form finding and optimization in architecture, it collects several works by emerging researchers in the field along with others. Sigrid Adriaenssens, Philippe Block and Chris Williams investigate well-known architectures such as the roofing for the inner courtyard of the Maritime Dutch Museum or the Queen Elizabeth II courtyard in the British Museum.
Unconventional Computing: Design Methods for Adaptive Architecture
The new book by Rachel Armstrong and Simone Ferracina.
Unconventional computing offers a platform where information and matter are coupled. Rather than being an afterthought to geometry in the design process, materials can participate directly in design solutions.
You can find a copy here.
Fifty Years of Progress for Shell and Spatial Structures
This book encompasses the best researches and projects presented during fifty years of evolution in building engineering, from Frei Otto’s Olympiastadion to Grimshaw’s Eden Project.