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The Alphabet and the Algorithm (Writing Architecture)

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Digital technologies have changed architecture--the way it istaught, practiced, managed, and regulated. But if the digital has created a"paradigm shift" for architecture, which paradigm is shifting? In TheAlphabet and the Algorithm, Mario Carpo points to one key practice of modernity: themaking of identical copies. Carpo highlights two examples of identicality crucial toth

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Kindle Edition, 184 pages
Published February 4th 2011 by The MIT Press
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Antonis Moras
Dec 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How fast do books get old? I have watched a couple of lectures of his, i think i prefer him speaking, he is not that uptight and austere when he speaks and when he gets offtrack he becomes really interesting. The book is very well written though it suffers from the same thing that "theory" books usually do: disappointing epilogues due to their "genericness", they dont take risks, they dont suggest or propose or anything and somehow end up to be too "scientific" but in the manner of the experimen ...more
Dimitrie Stefanescu
more than excellent. mario carpo provides an eloquent, historically grounded account of the deep theoretical and practical consequences of the "digital paradigm shift" in architecture.
amazingly accurate and perfectly balanced in tone. a must read for all digital enthusiasts (as well as passive practitioners) of computational architecture.
Phillip Fernberg
Sep 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this current Age of Information, those of us who are not “digital natives” tend to look back on the days we were first introduced to personal computers and wax philosophical about how the simple integration of a certain digital technology has so quickly and so profoundly transformed our culture and commerce, as well as whether such
transformations are bringing our society in the right direction. The Alphabet and The Algorithm is an architect’s version of that rumination. In it the reader is in
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Nikola857
Aug 09, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Writing architecture continues to be a great. Similar to the Princeton Pamphlet Architecture series but actually substantive. The discussion of how the "architect" was defined by the earlier renaissance and the issue of authorship which arises with the development of the ability to duplicate instead of imitating is fascinating. The inevitable transformation of architecture is laid out here. With the arise of digital means of production the profession has already begun to be transition out of the ...more
Rallie
Dec 01, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
For a book talking about changing modes of spatial production between modernity and "the digital age" (post-modernity) this book removes its argument completely from political economy, a lack of context that greatly hurts its argument. Somehow there's no reference to either Lefebvre or Harvey. If you're interested specifically in Alberti's law of architecture, this may be a book for you. Otherwise, there's better stuff out there.
Max Duval
Very well written history of design from pre industrial to post industrial. Mario Carpo gives context and words to better understand current trends in architecture and the art of making.
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