Benvenuto

The Associazione Edoardo Benvenuto has announced two days of study in honour of Edoardo Benvenuto, 7 - 8 June 2011, at the Faculty of Architecture, Genova.

The program for Tuesday 7 June includes the awards for 2009 and 2010 of the Premio Edoardo Benvenuto to Federica Ottoni, Matthew J. de Jong and Carlo Guastini. The highlight of the day will be this edition of the Benvenuto Lectures, to be given this year by Werner Oechslin of the ETH-Zurich.

Wednesday 8 June features a day dedicated to:

Archi e costruzioni in muratura: eredità dei contributi storici e ricerche recenti

including talks by Antonio Becchi, Piero Villaggio, Salvatore D'Agostino, Mario Como, Luigi Gambarotta, Andrea Bacigalupo, Stefano Bennati, Riccardo Bassotti, Danila Aita, Antonio Tralli, Elio Sacco, Anna Sinopoli, Massimiliano Lucchesi, Miroslav Šilhavý, Nicola Zani, Silvia Briccoli Bati.

The program in .pdf can be downloaded by clicking here.


Full details are available at: http://www.associazionebenvenuto.org/html/news0.html

I'm very pleased to send news about two new publications by authors who are part of the Nexus community.

Marco Frascari, who presented a paper at Nexus 1998 in Mantua, has recently published Eleven Exercises in the Art of Architectural Drawing (Routledge, March 2011, ISBN 978-0-415-77926-5). Subtitled "Slow Food for the Architect's Imagination", the aim of the book is to discuss the crucial role of architectural drawings. More information can be found on the website of Taylor & Francis.

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Vera Spinadel, who was also a presenter at Nexus 1998 in Mantua, has recently published two new books. From the Golden Mean to Chaos (3rd edition – Nueva Libreria – June 2010 – ISBN 978-987-1104-83-3) is an updated edition of her book published in 1997.
Forma y Matematica – La familia de numeros metalicos en diseño (Ediciones Fadu – Nobuko – 2011 – ISBN 978-987-584-319-6) contains the main post-graduate monographs to approve the seminar she has delivered every year since 2008 for  the master’s program in “logic and technics of form” – Faculty of Architecture, Design and Urban Planning – University of Buenos Aires, with the assistnace of professionals from many South American countries (Colombia, Venezuela, Peru, etc.).

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Congratulations to these authors! We'll be looking forward to reading reviews of these books soon in the Nexus Network Journal!


Nexus speaker Eduardo Souto de Moura wins the Pritzker Prize!

The Nexus conferences for architecture and mathematics are very pleased to congratulate Portuguese architect Eduardo Souto de Moura, who was a keynote speaker at the Nexus 2010 conference in Porto, for having won the 2011 edition of the Pritzker Prize. One of Architect Souto de Moura's outstanding projects is the Braga Municipal Football stadium, which was toured by Nexus participants. Thanks go to Porto organizer João Pedro Xavier for having invited Souto de Moura to address the conference, making it possible for us to hear him talk about his projects in person.

Information about the 2011 Pritzker laureate, including a splendid photo gallery, can be found on the Pritzker Architecture Prize website.

The 2012 edition of the Nexus conference on architecture and mathematics includes a competition for the logo. The conference logo will appear on the website, on all printed announcements and posters concerning the conference, and on all conference material, and a special webpage on the conference website will provide space for the winning designer to explain the concept and process behind the creation of the logo. All competition entries will appear on a website. A selection of the best entries will be exhibited during the Nexus 2012 conference.

Call for Logo Designs

The logo should capture the "nexus" of architecture and mathematics, the interdisciplinary subject of the Nexus conferences. Past logos for Nexus conferences from 1996 to 2010, as well as competition submissions for the 2010 logo competition can be found on the Nexus 2010 logo webpage.  References to the conference venue in the city of Milan are also appreciated. Designers should remember that the logo design should be meaningful at a variety of scales, from full-size to thumbnail, and that it will be used on the cover of a future issue of the Nexus Network Journal (about 12 cm x 12 cm, or 5 x 5 in), and will appear online as well. Scaling the image up and down during the design phase will help the designer be sure that the logo is readable in all formats.

Who can submit

The competition is open to all those who would like to submit a design. Teachers are particularly encouraged to use the competition as a starting point for a class project.

What to submit

Logo proposals should be submitted in digital format (.jpg or .gif) in a low resolution (96 dpi) on a page size no larger than a standard A4 page (210 x 297 mm). The winner will be asked to send the winning image in an uncompressed format (.bmp or .tif) at a 300 dpi resolution. The proposal can be accompanied by a short (one-paragraph) explanation about how the image was created and what it is intended to signify (but remember, the image should really speak for itself, making the "nexus" of architecture and mathematics clear without needing any verbal explanation. Please include a coversheet with the candidate’s name and contact information.

Deadlines

Logo proposals must be submitted no later than 31 December 2011 for review and selection. Proposals will be posted on the website before the winning design is announced.

The winner will be notified by 31 January 2012.

Where to submit

Logo proposals should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

I'm very pleased to send news about three new publications by authors who are part of the Nexus community.

Paulus Gerdes, whose paper "On Some Geometrical and Architectural Ideas from African Art and Craft" appeared in the book Nexus II: Architecture and Mathematics" rom the 1998 Nexus conference, has just published the color version of his book African Pythagoras: A study in culture and mathematics education. It is available as in print and as a download from: http://stores.lulu.com/pgerdes.
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Istvan and Magdolna Hargittai, who participated at the very first Nexus conference in 1996, and published a paper entitled "The Universality of the Symmetry Concept" in Nexus: Architecture and Mathematics have recently published Visual Symmetry. Information is available at: http://www.worldscibooks.com/general/7042.html
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Dirk Huylebrouck has published two articles in the Nexus Network Journal: "Curve Fitting in Architecture" (vol. 9, no. 1, 2007), and most recently, with Antonia Redondo Buitrago and Encarnacio Reyes Iglesias, "Octagonal Geometry of the Cimborio in Burgos Cathedral" (vol 13, no. 1, 2011).  Scientific American translated a short version of his paper on Rinus Roelofs’ (also a Nexus auhor) discovery of a mathematical mistake by Leonardo, entitled "Lost in Translation: Leonardo da Vinci's Mathematical Slip-Up". See
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=davinci-mathematical-slip-up

Our Nexus community is really productive! Congratulations to these authors!


I am pleased to forward to Nexus Network Journal readers the announcement of the important conference announced by Matt Cohen of Washington State University.

 

“Architectural Proportional Systems in the History of Architecture,”

Leiden, The Netherlands, 17-19 March 2011. The conference will feature twenty-eight speakers, some of whom have published in the NNJ, including Mark Wilson Jones and Volker Hoffmann. The conference will also host Howard Burns (keynote) and a prerecorded video interview with James S. Ackerman.

Details are available here: http://www.hum.leiden.edu/icd/proportion-conference

Congratulations to Matt on organizing such a fine event!

Because of numerous requests from those preparing abstracts for submission for the conference "Nexus 2012: Relationships Between Architecture and Mathematics", the deadline for submission has been extended from 15 February to 15 March 2011. Abstracts can be submitted to Kim Williams at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. any time between now and the 15 March deadline. 

I am looking forward to hearing from all of you!  Kim

This is a reminder to all of you who hope to participate in the Nexus conference for architecture and mathematics, Milan, 11-14 June 2012, that the deadline for submission of abstracts is Tuesday, 15 March 2011. Abstracts can be submitted to Kim Williams at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. any time between now and the 15 March deadline. 

I am looking forward to hearing from all of you!  Kim