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Fractal Aesthetics in Architecture

PP: 971-981
Wolfgang E. Lorenz, Jan Andres, Georg Franck,
This paper deals with fractal aesthetics and proposes a new fractal analysis method for the perceptual study of architecture. The authors believe in the universality of formulas and aim to complement the architectural description in terms of proportion. Although a well established fractal analysis method to describe the complexity of facades across different scales already exists, box-counting is imprecise because of too many influences coming along with the method itself. The authors consider the self-similarity as an important part of aesthetic quality in architecture. This is due to the fact that it describes a concept of consistency that holds everything together from the whole to the smallest detail which refers to the classical meaning of the word symmetry. Hence, a new fractal analysis method is introduced which so far has been applied to quantitative linguistics. Basically, elements of different order, called construct/constituent pairs, are counted and related in a formula. In architecture the pairing consists of likewise elements belonging to different orders, from the overview, the fundamental elements to the smaller details. As a conjecture, some preferable fractal dimensions (from the aesthetical point of view) are proposed for architectural structures

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