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Space is the Machine

Space is the Machine
A Configurational Theory of Architecture

  • Date Published: November 1998
  • availability: Unavailable - out of print May 2001
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521645287


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  • Since The Social Logic of Space was published in 1984 Bill Hillier and his colleagues at University College London have been conducting research on how space features in the form and functioning of buildings and cities. A key outcome is the concept of 'spatial configuration' - meaning relations which take account of other relations in a complex. New techniques have been developed and applied to a wide range of architectural and urban problems. The aim of this book is to assemble some of this work and show how it leads the way to a new type of theory of architecture: an 'analytic' theory in which understanding and design advance together. The success of configurational ideas in bringing to light the spatial logic of buildings and cities suggests that it might be possible to extend these ideas to other areas of the human sciences where problems of configuration and pattern are critical.

    • New ideas which have wide relevance to understanding of buildings and space
    • Complex formal concepts given in graphical accessible form
    • Radical new theory of how we should design buildings and and cities; from well-known author of The Social Logic of Space
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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 1998
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521645287
    • length: 480 pages
    • dimensions: 253 x 198 x 35 mm
    • weight: 1.477kg
    • contains: 8 colour illus.
    • availability: Unavailable - out of print May 2001
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Theoretical Preliminaries:
    1. What architecture adds to building
    2. The need for an analytical theory of architecture
    3. Non-discursive technique
    Part II. Non-discursive Regularities:
    4. Cities as movement economies
    5. Can architecture cause social malaise?
    6. Time as an aspect of space
    7. Visible colleges
    Part III. The Laws of the Field:
    8. Is architecture an ars combinatoria?
    9. The fundamental city
    Part IV. Theoretical Syntheses:
    10. Space is the machine
    11. The reasoning art

  • Author

    Bill Hillier, University College London

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