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Fractals adn its application in architecture
Hello ,am a student of architecture.im doing a dissertation on fractals and its application in architecture.i would like to knoe few leads and case examples on its applications in india,like people who use it as design aid,buildings where they hav been applied,literature about it,please help.
Nivethitha Sivakumar
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Fractals adn its application in architecture
Nivethitha, with fractals there are at least three avenues to explore:

[1]The mathematical equations used to generate geometric fractal shapes.

[2] The practice of "morphing" fractals, so the image is part fractal designed and part human design.

[3] Fractals in Nature:

For myself, I would say that the study of "fractals in nature" is probably the easiest design format to follow because it agrees unconsciously with the human view of visual harmony.

Some years ago when "Chaos Theory" something new in design, I bought the book "Nature`s Chaos" with photogrpahs by Eliot Porter and text by James Gleick, published by Scribners in 1990.

Footnote: James Gleick wrote the earlier book "Chaos" which so excited popular interest in Chaos Theory.
Frank John Snelling
Fractals adn its application in architecture
Hi Nivethitha,

Pls try referring to the book written by Christopher Alexander called "A Pattern Language". Hope it helps you.

Balaji
BALAJI CHARI
Fractals adn its application in architecture
i would also want to know if it has any potential in urban design and city planning.it would be helpful if i am able to get contacts regarding architects who have done work on fractals and few case studies in india..!!
Nivethitha Sivakumar
Fractals adn its application in architecture
Nivethitha, Fractal design can be applied to urban areas, because fractals move from the macro to the micro, like an area being divided, then this subdivided area is continually divided until the divisions vanish, rather like watching the image between two parallel mirrors become smaller and smaller and smaller.

In the same way, urban areas are blocks of space within which there are smaller blocks of space and within which there are smaller blocks of space, ad infinitum.
Frank John Snelling
Fractals adn its application in architecture
thanks for the response mr.frank.i shall look more into those paths.
Nivethitha Sivakumar
Fractals adn its application in architecture
Nivethitha, You are welcome. :)

The reason why I find fractals aesthetic is because fractal geometries can be found everywhere in nature, so that abstract fractal geometries replicate the natural order of the universe and therefore create the most sustainable models for life.
Frank John Snelling
Fractals adn its application in architecture
Yet again ..... an attempt towards harmonious space designs ? am in looking at it in the way it has to be looked upon....or is there any unfound capability?pls enlighten me!!!
Nivethitha Sivakumar
Fractals adn its application in architecture
Nivethitha, Harmonious design comes from proportion, by this I mean the use of the principle of ratios when designing solids and voids. Fractals forms are naturally proportional, in the same way as the leaves, twigs, branches and trunk of a tree are proportional. :)
Frank John Snelling
Fractals adn its application in architecture
Nivethitha, The principle of ratios and proportion was used in the past and buildings were constructed using an arbitary standard length on site (such as the forearm of the master builder). Clearly, the length of a forearm varied from person to person, but if you take a single forearm length as one measure, then you can multiples of that measure for any length and the result will then be proportionate.

However, "caveat emptor" (Latin, = let the buyer beware), remember that the Metric system is not aesthetic even though it is a fractal system in multiples of ten. Personally, I call the Metric system the Fascist Fractal.

Furthermore, Le Corbusier realising that the Metric system is not inherently aesthetic (unlike the Imperial British system of yards, feet and inches which is naturally aesthetic), invented his "Le Modular" to introduce an usable aesthetic into the Metric system.
Frank John Snelling
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