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PROJECT EDUCATE - FRACTAL WEEK: Feature Frenzy: Fractal Art and Architecture Photography


:la: For more about projecteducate Fractal Week events take a look at NatalieKelsey's journal :la:


For an architect, there's something utterly fascinating in geometry, especially in fractals: take the extra step and change the scale of your architectural perception, from a landscape vision to an urban one, from a building to a single room, from a façade to the surface of the raw material... and then turn and repeat your journey backwards. Try to focus on the symmetries and dimensional laws, on the textures and patterns, on the succession and arrangement of spaces and shapes. You can easily notice that there's often a natural and subtle order, and inconscious emulation of natural structures and laws, and nature quite always follows Fractal geometry rather than Euclidean.
That's probably why in Fractal images I can often see volumes and spaces, patterns and details, structures and buildings, cityscapes and citymaps, huge planetary settlements and tiny microscopic details of material textures.

Let's think about the growth of human settlements in the landscape. Cities and anthropized territories usually expand themselves following the same rules/patterns they're made of, with different scales. Ba-ila villages in southern Zambia (Africa) are clearly structured on a fractal design aziarts.com/air/Resource%20Pic… , and so are several other settlements all over the continent hans.wyrdweb.eu/wp-content/upl… www.designers421.org/wp-conten… .
Biological Subdivision by Gazoogleheimer City Map 2 by Ometheon On Fractal Grounds Pt. 3 by esintu Cityscape 2 by ka78 Jakarta City by Hengki24 011010 by Pasternak
Now just think about the traffic system in a city: it could remind you of the circulatory system in a human body. See how the "veins" become "capillaries", repeating the same structural pattern in a gradually narrowed scale from the center to the edges.

Fractal geometries have influenced and inspired builders, architects and artists throughout history: think about the precise proportions classic buildings were built with. Golden Ratio ruled not only the general dimensions of the various fronts, but also every single element even to the tiniest scale.
Think about Indian, Cambodian and south-eastern asian palaces and temples.
:India: Temple. by nebpixel Mausoleum by Kaeltyk palace in India... by gosiekd Buddhist Temple by MakinMagic :thumb124033904:
Think about Gothic buildings all over Europe.
Reims Cathedral by frenchllama CATHEDRAL by renderix Cologne Cathedral by MixedMilkChOcOlate The West Wing of St. Apo by AmorinaAshton
Think about Baroque and Rococo palaces and churches, and the rough, curved and extremely detailed surfaces and volumes of Gaudì's buildings at the beginning of the past century.
Sagrada Familia, Barcelona by utOpik-mind Sagrada familia by hyperben2
Think about Le Corbusier's Modulor: human body and proportions (and thus Fibonacci Numbers and Golden Ratio) as base dimensions to plan the whole building and spaces.
Le Corbusier by sebikotane
And don't forget Organic Architecture - see Frank Lloyd Wright and all the modern studies regarding computerized generation of biological buildings which could completely emulate natural structures and life, breathing, growing and interacting with the environment like biological organisms.
Frank Lloyd Wright - Chicago by BarbarriVeyron Kajo by magnusti78 Guggenheim 4_spider by tomasNY Tempest by OutsideFate Alien ant farm by CatchMe-22
Many of the most famous and important architects of the present days still focus their compositions and expressive/functional research on similar geometric and dimensional criteria.
In Memoriam by HighStatic topographie des terrors 1 by d-gap Waves 1 by StellaSsj Overwhelmed by Singin-Gipsi Moebius String by Traspae Z22 by analogphoto

Here's a showcase of beautiful examples of Fractal Art and Architecture Photography: I mixed them together, sometimes it's not that easy to tell the difference :D
cities of tomorrow by lyc Tiles by redchicken88 Cube by leguen Crazy Nine by Nightline Yellow by SaTaNiA Reticle by theslider Broken Mirror by vinxibit 120807 by Pasternak Baroque Symmetry by p0rphyrogene The Onion by raun Menger Towers by AureliusCat Concentration by OutsideFate Follow me upwards by zuckerblau Perception by milleniumsentry Life Circle 3 by triggertamay Structural Integrity by DsyneGrafix Geometry II by laurentroy ALIENCITY by love1008 Santral - 2 by darqangel Future by Juniae

BIBLIOGRAPHY AND SOURCES:

Some interesting websites about Fractal Architecture:
:bulletwhite: Fractals and Fractal Architecture
:bulletwhite: Fractals in the New Architecture - by Nikos A. Salingaros
:bulletwhite: Connecting the Fractal City - by Nikos A. Salingaros
:bulletwhite: Biothing
:bulletwhite: Fractals in Architecture - University of Yale
:bulletwhite: Fractal Architecture
:bulletwhite: Self-similarity, Fractals and Architecture
:bulletwhite: VANGUARQ - beyond architecture
:bulletwhite: (ITA) Daniele Capo, "La natura frattale degli ordini architettonici", Nexus Network Journal, vol. 6 no. 1 (Spring 2004)
:bulletwhite: (ITA) I Frattali e l'Architettura

Some interesting books:
:bulletwhite: Bovill, Carl "Fractal Geometry in Architecture and Design", 1995, A Birkhäuser book
:bulletwhite: Christopher Alexander, Sara Ishikawa, Murray Silverstein "A Pattern Language", 1977, Oxford University Press
:bulletwhite: Ron Eglash "African Fractals: Modern Computing and Indigenous Design", 1999, Rutgers University Press
:bulletwhite: Nikos A. Salingaros "A Theory of Architecture", 2006, Umbau-Verlag, Solingen
:bulletwhite: "Nexus: Architecture and Mathematics" series, published by Kim Williams Books
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wafagan14 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011  Student Interface Designer
As I had mentioned earlier Marina City (the twin towers in organic architecture far left) was not designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, but by Bertrand Goldberg
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lindelokse Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011   Digital Artist
:faint: you're right, I apologize! Thanks for correcting me!
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00Recon00 Featured By Owner May 18, 2011
thanks for this amazing article.
maybe someday in the future one about nature/fractals ? :):):)
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lindelokse Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011   Digital Artist
thank you very much :thanks:! please forgive me for such a belated reply, my inbox is a real mess :forgiveme:!
Fractals and nature is a more common theme (and probably more fascinating :giggle: ) and there are much more articles and informations about that, you can check this nice article by `SaTaNiA if you want [link] which belongs to the 2011 ^projecteducate series as well ;)
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WhiteKimahri Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011
Articolo eccellente, Chiara! Hai realizzato un articolo davvero stupendo, ricco di immagini e molto affascinante! :clap:

Essendo sempre stato molto interessato ai frattali sin dalle superiori ero a conoscenza della presenza della geometria frattale in natura (giusto qualche giorno fa osservavo le capocchie di una palla di cavolo... le mie mani avrebbero potuto far fuggire le persone per l'odore che emanavano, ma a prezzo di una esperienza visiva molto interessante! :giggle:), ma non avevo mai avuto modo di apprezzarne l'influenza in architettura!
Talvolta non ho saputo riconoscere quali delle immagini che hai inserito nell'articolo fossero frattali e quali no.

Eccezionale davvero! Ancora i miei più vividi complimenti! :clap:
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lindelokse Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011   Digital Artist
:hug: grazie mille :aww:!!! sono davvero contenta che ti sia piaciuto, speravo davvero che potesse rendere interessante anche per gli altri un legame per me così affascinante tra arte astratta e solida artificiale realtà ;)
e... :evillaugh: haaaa ho ingannato anche te con i miei mixaggi ad hoc tra frattali e foto :giggle:!!!
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gosiekd Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2011
:worship:
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lindelokse Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011   Digital Artist
:thanks: :bow: :aww:!!!
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Lirulin-yirth Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2011
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lindelokse Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011   Digital Artist
:aww: :thanks: :highfive:!
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Yasny-chan Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2011
:faint: awesome article love!!
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lindelokse Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011   Digital Artist
aww thanks so much darling :aww: :glomp:!!!
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theaver Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011
Thanks for this interesting article and the beautiful collection of architectual art and fractal art that you put together is such a wonderful way! :clap:
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lindelokse Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011   Digital Artist
so kind of you dear Thea, I'm really glad you liked it :hug:!!!
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Appareance Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Bellissimo articolo ti faccio i miei complimenti, devo ammettere che sei una continua sorpresa cara Chiara, mi era ormai charo che hai molteplici talenti
ma rimango sempre stupito dalla tua inarrivabile bravura :)
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lindelokse Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011   Digital Artist
:blush: ma grazie roberto, sempre troppo gentile :hug:!!! sono contenta che sia piaciuto l'articolo, è stato bello condividere una mia passione con la community :aww:!!!
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Appareance Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Figurati Chiara, per me è un piacere, è un piacere vedere i tuoi lavori,
è un piacere leggere i tuoi articoli e soprattutto è un piacere immenso averti conosciuta :)
:hug:
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marthig Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Most interesting and so well put together :clap: :iconrose4plz:
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lindelokse Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011   Digital Artist
aww thanks so much sweet martha :huggle:!!!
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marthig Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconaawplz: Always a pleasure Chiara :glomp:
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theslider Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ciao Chiara,
quanto tempo :huggle:...stamani dopo moltissimo mi sono riaffacciato a dA...
grazie mille per la feature...grande news...attinente al tuo campo e molto professional...
Io adoro l'architettura moderna e spesso ci ritrovo forme frattali :D

Leo
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lindelokse Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011   Digital Artist
ciao leo :glomp:!!! davvero, quanto tempo! mi fa davvero piacere rivederti qui su DA :aww:!!! sono contentissima che ti sia piaciuto l'articolo ed è stato davvero un piacere includere anche il tuo frattale (sicuramente appariranno altri tuoi capolavori nelle mie prossime features nel mio journal, il tuo stile si adatta perfettamente al tema :worship:!!!)
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milleniumsentry Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Excellent article. Spiral staircase + strange perspective is always a recipe for a winner in my books. One of my favorite artists here on DA *illpadrino does them quite often. Never saw Crazy Nine before... definitely a fav.
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lindelokse Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011   Digital Artist
glad you liked it chris :hug:! *illpadrino definitely has a gorgeous gallery and I really think many of this pics will appear in my arch-fractal themed journal features soon :D
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analogphoto Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011
Great collection, thanks for including one of my photos!
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lindelokse Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011   Digital Artist
I'm really glad you liked it :aww: thank you very much for sharing your beautiful photo :thanks:!!!
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coby01 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011
excellent feature :clap:
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lindelokse Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011   Digital Artist
glad you liked it sweetie :hug:!!! thank you :aww:!!!
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caffe1neadd1ct Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow! Great article! :clap:
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lindelokse Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011   Digital Artist
aww thank you so much dear Vicky :hug:!!!
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Kaeltyk Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011
Great article !
Making Fractals look like architecture is one way to make them less 'abstract' and make people more curious about it.
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lindelokse Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011   Digital Artist
thank you very much Eric :) I do really agree, I myself tend to see "real" references even in the most abstract artworks to make them more interesting for my mind ;)
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zuckerblau Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for featuring my work! :aww:
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lindelokse Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011   Digital Artist
my great pleasure and honor :) my sincere congratulations for your wonderful gallery :clap:!!!
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CoffeeToffeeSquirrel Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011   General Artist
Wow! Interesting reading, Chiara! And a great feature too:hug:
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lindelokse Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011   Digital Artist
aww thank you so much Therese hun :glomp:!!!
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IDeviant Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Excellent article, cunningly presented!
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lindelokse Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011   Digital Artist
thank you very much Ian :hug: so kind of you!!! :thanks:!
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CGibbens-Stimson Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Professional Photographer
I really enjoyed the article -- well written and the art is incorporated very nicely, too. It is an honor to be included -- thank you. More than that tho, I enjoyed reading your work. Well done!! :D
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lindelokse Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011   Digital Artist
This is so nice to hear :dance:!!! I'm really happy you liked the article and found it interesting :hug: thank you very much!!!
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CGibbens-Stimson Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011  Professional Photographer
Most welcome! :D :boogie: And yes, I really do find it interesting. Always on the lookout to learn something new and I LOVE architecture!
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DsyneGrafix Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I was so surprised and honored be you including my art "Structural Integrity" in this great collection of artist! You article will hopefully open people minds in accepting the usefulness of fractals in this and other arena's!
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lindelokse Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011   Digital Artist
:hug: that's what I do really hope :aww:!!! Thank you so much for the support Rick, and thank you for sharing such awesome piece of fractal art :thanks:!!! I'm really glad that you appreciated :aww:!
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kr0mat1k Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011
Excellent article :clap:
I've been thinking about that kind of comparison works for a long time now, but i'm just too lazy to make something like you did :lmao:
Thanks so much for the job Chiara, that's totally awesome !
And i would add i agree with *bib993, the 3D fractal programs are a little revolution in the virtual world, there's just a small step to enter our world :fear:
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lindelokse Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011   Digital Artist
Aww thanks dear :hug: glad you liked it!!!
:giggle: there's still plenty of time - I collected a lot of deviations to feature (more than 250) but I had to cut the number down to make the article lighter :nod: so... if you have some artworks and pictures to include, we could make more articles/journals about this subject :highfive: !!!
I just drool while looking at 3d fractals :drool: I should really roll up my sleeves and give mandelbulber&co another chance :nod:
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buddhakat9 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011
what a thoughtful, well conceived and executed article... both the fractal addict and those less exposed to fractal art will appreciate and learn from this comprehensive piece... I think it's wonderful that you included other resources, as well, to round out the educative experience!!! I know I did!!! Well done!! :clap::clap::clap::clap::clap:
:)
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lindelokse Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011   Digital Artist
:aww: how sweet Janet, thank you very much for your kind words and the support :hug:!!!
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buddhakat9 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011
my pleasure, Chiara!!
:)
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bib993 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great article. I've sincerely think (and I'm probably not the only one) that the Mandelbox -and all its hybrids- can lead to a small revolution in architecture...
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lindelokse Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011   Digital Artist
I can confirm your thoughts :nod: one of my university classmates just got a master in advanced design in UK, and told me they were focusing on computerized generation of buildings and structures using fractal algorithms and scripts :) maybe it's not exactly mandelbox, but the relationship is very close and evident ;) it's undeniable that the newest 3d fractals show a very strong and fascinating architectural feeling :love:!!!
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