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The Function of Form

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In The Function of Form, internationally acclaimed architect, Farshid Moussavi, provides a provocative critique of the historically opposing relationship between function and form to reveal the contradiction at the heart of modernism. We need to move away from the definition of function as utility, she argues, to align it with how function is defined in mathematics, biolog ...more
Hardcover, 515 pages
Published November 1st 2009 by Actar
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Sean Billy
I have been using this book to teach myself grasshopper because so many of the case studies lend themselves to parametric modeling. I appreciate the quantity of examples, diversity of structures, and clear organization. I think the layout of the book, detailed drawings, and descriptions can definitely be built on further to create a more complete catalog.
The title is slightly misleading - other than an intro essay on the significance of formal variation in the 20th century, the rest is pretty much just a collection of structural support with Rhino renders. The 'form' seems to be exclusively roofing construction as well.
It had a very good introduction though the book can be very misleading because of the interesting structures. The examples were great but there very little explanation and details. It was disappointing:(
An interesting and detailed catalog of structures for architects and structural engineers. The "affect" concept is both intriguing and productive. I believe that a physical analysis of each form would greatly improve the final result.
As other people has mentioned, it needs a little bit more of development but the illustrations are well presented.
Serves as a solid glossary of forms and structures...Will and need return to it time and again.
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