Talks and Poster Presentations (with Proceedings-Entry):
"Fractal Geometry as an Approach to Quality in Architecture";
Poster: First International Conference on Fractal Foundations for 21st Century Architecture and Environmental Design,
- 2004-03-27; in: "First International Conference on Fractal Foundations for 21st Century Architecture and Environmental Design",
The paper asks whether there is a connection between quality in architecture and the characteristics of form that can be described by means of fractal geometry. Taking up Carl Bovillīs ideas, the question will be dealt with in two respects. First the existence of fractal characteristics (self-similarity, ruggedness and iteration) is studied in works of architecture that are commonly regarded as outstanding examples such as buildings by Antoni Gaudí, Frank Lloyd Wright, Bruce Goff or Gerrit Rietveld. In the course of that process, various distances and levels of scale are examined.
The second approach is based on measuring the fractal dimension of architectural drawings. The `box-counting methodī is applied to different levels of scale. Factors influencing the different parameters of this method of measurement are studied. The hypothesis is put forward that a connection between the fractal characteristics of form and quality exists, which determines architectural rank. The paper also deals with the difficulties of verifying such a hypothesis.
Fractal Geometry, box-counting method
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