How’s it Made?

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Do you ever wonder? What makes that tree so high, or how a large ship travels through the ocean?

Origins of Form is about the shape of things. What limits the height of a tree? Why is a large ship or office building more efficient than a small one? What is the similarity between a human rib cage and an airplane or a bison and a cantilevered bridge? How might we plan for things to improve as they are used instead of wearing out?

Origins of Form by Christopher Williams, tackles the concept of how form literally shapes the things on Earth. Williams has chosen eight criteria that constitute the major influences on three-dimensional form. These criteria comprise the eight chapters of the book: each looks at form from entirely different viewpoints. The products of both nature and man are examined and compared.This book will make readers—especially those who design and build—aware of their physical environment and how to break away from previously held assumptions and indifference about the ways forms in our human environment have evolved. It shows better ways to do things.

Williams’ practical, no-nonsense approach and his exquisite drawings, done especially for this particular publication, provide a clear understanding of what can and cannot be; how big or small an object should be, of what material it will be made, how its function will relate to its design, how its use will change it, and what laws will influence its development.

The facts and information were gathered from many sources: the areas of mechanics, structure, and materials; geology, biology, anthropology, paleobiology, morphology and others. These are standard facts in these areas of specialization, but they are also essential to the designer’s overall knowledge and understanding of form. The result is an invaluable work for students, designers, architects, and planners, and an informed introduction to a fascinating subject for laymen.

Read an excerpt on Scribd or below, from one of our favorite publishers, Rowman Littlefield:

5 responses to “How’s it Made?

  1. It’s an interesting concept to discuss on many of them having doubts how it made? Christopher williams has published book with this concept. He compared with man & nature who design and build aware of their physical environment and how to break away from previously held assumptions and indifference about the ways forms in our human environment.
    It’s more shorten on scribd document without eliminating some important points…Well presented.

    • I wonder what sort of chkces beyond basic boilerplate they will perform on whether people have the right to upload (and that includes legitimate publishers making wrong assumptions as well as chancers) given that the Kindle Beta was . And while I can’t imagine people getting away with selling Harry Potter, but what about all those orphaned works?

    • You don’t have to buy the kindle. You can to go any local larbiry (call ahead to make sure they hold it for you to pick up), or you can buy the paperback version at the local bookstore or online.

    • Hi Mrs. Morris,I’m Stephanie Gomillion, an EDM310 student at the University of South Alabama. I think you did a great job on the potesrs! My favorite tips came from the parent poster. The YAPPY tip I’ve never heard of before, that’s a pretty neat idea. The tip on not allowing children to spend all of their free time online is a super good tip!!! Lastly, not allowing children to make accounts on websites that aren’t age appropriate is another great one; I feel like some teachers forget about things like that and have their students make accounts for instagram and such.

    • BS low – rationality high! Really good answer!

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