1984 volume 11(4) pages 377 – 388
doi:10.1068/b110377

Cite as:
Rivera A, 1984, "Problems in architectural design and topological structures in Thorn's theory" Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design 11(4) 377 – 388

Download citation data in RIS format

Problems in architectural design and topological structures in Thorn's theory

A Rivera

Received 31 January 1984

Abstract. This work is an examination of the possibility of formalizing local design problems. A translation is proposed of peculiar design notions into mathematical concepts, with particular reference to Thorn's theory, such as: manifolds, dynamical systems, tangent spaces, attractors. Definitions of neighbourhoods and of topological spaces in design theory represent possible means for reaching such a translation. Physical, geometrical, economical variables must be projected onto mathematical spaces and languages, to build a consistent system. The result is a model which aims at representing the qualitative dynamics of the effects of each design choice, and therefore brings us nearer to obtaining consistent parameters for each design problem.

Restricted material:

PDF Full-text PDF size: 1338 Kb

Your computer (IP address: 54.161.214.221) has not been recognised as being on a network authorised to view the full text or references of this article. This content is part of our deep back archive. If you are a member of a university library that has a subscription to the journal, please contact your serials librarian (subscriptions information).