Similarities can certainly be found between systems research and computational sciences, and architecture and design. The first pair deals with information, complex dynamics and organizations; the second pair is often understood as synthetic and syst
Increased reliance on computational approaches in the life sciences has revealed grave concerns about how accessible and reproducible computation-reliant results truly are. Galaxy http://usegalaxy.org , an open web-based platform for genomic researc
Healthier eating is a global challenge for chronic disease control. Food and Health Research in Europe (FAHRE) surveyed research structures and programmes in 32 countries, and reviewed research needs and gaps across nine themes. Food processing and s
This paper discusses essential motivational representations necessary for a comprehensive computational cognitive architecture. It hypothesizes the need for implicit drive representations, as well as explicit goal representations. Drive representatio
This paper is a sequel to an earlier paper which proposed an active role for the thalamus, integrating multiple hypotheses formed in the cortex via the thalamo-cortical loop. In this paper, I put forward a hypothesis on the role of the reciprocal, to
This paper explores the power of theatre to engage the public and my personal journey using theatre as a research tool in reproductive science. I argue that the capacity of theatre to simultaneously engage the minds and hearts of audience members qua
As a young field in its own right (unlike the ancient discipline of mathematics), mathematics education research has been eclectic in drawing upon the established knowledge bases and methodologies of other fields. Psychology served as an early model
National and transnational health care systems are rapidly evolving with current processes of globalisation. What is the contribution of the social sciences to an understanding of this field? A structured scoping exercise was conducted to identify re
The aim of this paper is to discuss computational thinking and parametric design and thus “what model is” in the realm of mathematics in architecture. Here we investigate how multi-dimensionality and reference systems should be contemplated, along wi
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Letter from the Editor
Architecture, Syst ystems Res Research and Computational Sciences Abstract. NNJJ editor-in-chief Kim Williams introduces the papers in NNJJ vol. 14, no. 1 (Spring 2012).
Build Project by the Departments of Architecture and Mathematics of the Technische Universität Darmstadt”, in which students from the two departments collaborated to conceive, design and carry through to completion a kiosk in the form of a Möbius strip. This issue also includes four other research papers. Ute Poerschke presents “Architecture as a Mathematical Function: Reflections on Gottfried Semper”, in which she discusses the attempt made by the nineteenth-century thinker Semper (1803-1879) to connect architecture with infinitesimal calculus, his mathematical background, and his desire to give architecture a scientific foundation through methods of systematic comparison and classification. In “From Drawing to Technical Drawing” Adriana Rossi looks at how progress in drawing techniques and the capacity to conceive forms before they were build led to the emergence of a new role for the architect in the Middle Ages. Two papers, “Domes in the Islamic Architecture of Cairo City: A Mathematical Approach” by Ahmed Ali Elkhateeb and “The Vault of the Chapel of the Presentation in Burgos Cathedral: Divine Canon? No, Cordovan Proportion” by Tomás Gil-López, form an interesting counterpoint, in that each takes a different approach to a similar problem: the analysis of systems for covering space (domes and vaults). The papers presented at Nexus 2010 have formed the basis of the past four issues of the NNJJ. Now we are looking forward to Nexus 2012, to take place 11-14 June of this year in Milan, hosted by the Department off Industrial Design, Art, Comunication and Fashion (INDACO) and the Department of Mathematics of the Politecnico di Milano. I am looking very forward to seeing what new developments this ninth edition of the Nexus conference will show us. Stay tuned!
About the author Abo Kim Williams is the director of the conference series “Nexus: Relationships Between Architecture and Mathematics” and the founder and editor-in-chief of the Nexus Network Journal.
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