Salingaros, Nikos. Unified Theory of Architecture (Arabic). 22 Architectural Group, translators. 22 Architectural Group, 2017.
This booklet contains selected chapters from Unified Architectual Theory, which originally appeared online at http://www.archdaily.com/tag/unified-architectural-theory/ and in book form (Salingaros, Nikos A, and Christopher Alexander. 2013. Unified Architectural Theory. Portland, Or.: Sustasis Foundation.).
What theory generates the architecture of a new,
sustainable built environment that saves us from environmental collapse? This
approach to architecture is very different from the way it is currently taught,
and suggests a new attitude towards the discipline itself. Widespread damage to
culture occurs when common people are influenced by extractive globalism to
build against human nature, and politicians approve monstrous buildings just
because they see those images in the media. The Arabic-speaking world has a
beautiful tradition of architecture set in a characteristically complex urban
fabric, and contemporary architects and urbanists should pay more attention to
those. After reading this book, clients and government officials can feel
secure enough to respect their local architectural traditions. Backed by the
arguments that I offer, intelligent people can insist that thousands of years
of culture, including practical knowledge about low-cost sustainability, not be
violated by flashy and unsustainable alien importations. This synthesis makes
sense of buildings from all ages: historical, vernacular, to cutting-edge
architectural creations. This book cuts through the often-incomprehensible fog
of contemporary architectural discourse to reveal sound theoretical foundations
for design. By introducing scientific thinking into architecture, one can
actually estimate simple numerical factors that contribute to the adaptive and
emotional success of a building.