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
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.
Full-text PDF size: 1338 Kb