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Morphing: Mathematical Transformations In Architecture

Morphing: Mathematical Transformations In Architecture
Morphing: Mathematical Transformations In Architecture, Courtesy of Laurence King
Courtesy of Laurence King

Cylinders, spheres and cubes are a small handful of shapes that can be defined by a single word. However, most shapes cannot be found in a dictionary. They belong to an alternative plastic world defined by trigonometry: a mathematical world where all shapes can be described under one systematic language and where any shape can transform into another. As digital tools are becoming increasingly complex, this book seeks to use mathematics "as a means to demystify the inner computational workings of digital tools" by proposing a framework to convey mathematical transformations as design tools.

Courtesy of Laurence King
Courtesy of Laurence King

Choma, who studied at the student at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, founded the Design Topology Lab - an "interdisciplinary design research lab." A web based morphing tool, developed by Choma and Xiaoji Chen, acts as a digital companion to the book.

This visually striking guidebook clearly and systematically lays out the basic foundation for using these mathematical transformations as design tools. It is intended for architects, designers, and anyone with the curiosity to understand the link between shapes and the equations behind them.

Find out more about Morphing here.

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James Taylor-Foster
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Cite: James Taylor-Foster. "Morphing: Mathematical Transformations In Architecture" 23 Mar 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/612210/morphing-mathematical-transformations-in-architecture/> ISSN 0719-8884