Professor Michael J. Ostwald is Dean of Architecture at the University of Newcastle, Australia.

(See my biography page for more information).


Latest publications:
A Computational Investigation into the Fractal Dimensions of the Architecture of Kazuyo Sejima

Using the box-counting method developed by Benoit Mandelbrot the fractal dimensions of five houses by Kazuyo Sejima are calculated and analysed.

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A Quantitative Comparison between the Formal Complexity of Le Corbusier’s Pre-Modern (1905-1912) and Early Modern (1922-1928) Architecture

Using computational analysis, the paper assesses the visual complexity of two distinct periods of Le Corbusier's architecture.

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Anthropocentric Biocybernetic Computing for Analysing the Architectural Design of House Façades and Cityscapes

This study investigates computational methods to evaluate the design of house façades and cityscapes. It further discusses how to integrate these methods in affective computing modules of future robotic systems.

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A Quantitative Comparison between Wright’s Prairie Style and Triangle-Plan Usonian Houses using Fractal Analysis

A computational method is used to compare visual complexity between two of Frank Lloyd Wright's key design styles.

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The Mathematics of Domestic Modernism (1922-1934): An Analysis of Correlations Between Façade Complexity, Orientation, Address and Permeability

This research uses computational fractal analysis techniques to investigate the relationship between façade complexity, orientation, address and transparency.

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The Relationship between Creativity and Design and Its Implication for Design Education

This paper considers the question of creativity in design education and explores the relationship between design and creativity.

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Axial Line Analysis Revisited: Reconsidering its Value for Architecture

A critical review of the development of the Axial Line analytical method and a worked example of its application.

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Lines of Sight, Paths of Socialization: An Axial Line Analysis of Five Domestic Designs by Richard Neutra

A mathematical analysis of evidence for Richard Neutra’s theories of sight lines, exteriority and intelligibility in five of his famous houses.

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Prospect and Refuge Theory: Constructing a Critical Definition for Architecture and Design

Prospect and refuge theory has been widely studied, but no single accepted definition of all of its different dimensions has ever been developed.

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Using Isovists to Analyse Prospect-Refuge Theory: An Examination of the Usefulness of Potential Spatio-Visual Measures

This research analyses the ability of isovist measures to quantify the spatial experience of prospect and refuge using Frank Lloyd Wright's Heurtley House as a case study.

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