Books, Chapters and Journals

Prototyping For Architects

Prototyping for Architects - Front Cover


Authors: Mark Burry and Jane Burry
Publisher: Thames & Hudson, 2016

Prototyping is an essential part of designers’ repertoires, allowing them to test their projects from structural, aesthetic, and technical standpoints. Prototyping for Architects examines how architects are combining new digital design and fabrication technologies with traditional hands-on building techniques to gain more insight into the strengths and weaknesses of their designs.

Beginning with an introduction charting the rise of prototyping in design history, this cutting-edge volume for students and professionals presents an extensive range of prototyping techniques, followed by a selection of 30 projects by leading contemporary international architects.

Jane and Mark Burry explain how prototyping at a miniature scale helps communicate complex spatial ideas; how prototyping empowers the architect-designer to test and prove a building’s feasibility; and how additive (3D printing) or subtractive (robotic milling) prototyping can lead to exciting new design possibilities. A reference section, which includes a glossary of technical terms, offers further information and clarification.



Les Naus de la Sagrada Família: els secrets arquitectònics d’una obra irrepetible


Authors: Mark Burry, Jordi Coll, Ramon Espel, Jordi Faulí and Josep Gómez
Publisher: Editorial Mediterrània, 2014

Currently published in Catalan, Spanish and English languages to follow.




Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Pty Ltd, 2011

Purchase Scripting Cultures

With scripting, computer programming becomes integral to the digital design process. It provides unique opportunities for innovation, enabling the designer to customise the software around their own predilections and modes of working. It liberates the designer by automating many routine aspects and repetitive activities of the design process, freeing-up the designer to spend more time on design thinking. Software that is modified through scripting offers a range of speculations that are not possible using the software only as the manufacturers intended it to be used. There are also significant economic benefits to automating routines and coupling them with emerging digital fabrication technologies, as time is saved at the front-end and new file-to-factory protocols can be taken advantage of. Most significantly perhaps, scripting as a computing program overlay enables the tool user (designer) to become the new tool maker (software engineer). Though scripting is not new to design, it is only recently that it has started to be regarded as integral to the designer’s skill set rather than a technical speciality.  Many designers are now aware of its potential, but remain hesitant.  This book treats scripting not only as a technical challenge, requiring clear description, guidance and training, but also, and more crucially, answers the question as to why designers should script in the first place, and what the cultural and theoretical implications are.



Authors: Jane burry & Mark Burry
Publisher: Thames and Hudson, 2010

Vital to the future of architectural dialect … an awesome turn-on’ – Architects’ Journal

‘Inside the subdued cover of this modestly sized book you will find analysis, description and beautiful photographs … if architecture is like frozen music then this is a big mash-up of Prog Rock and Stockhausen. And that cannot be a bad thing’ – RIAS Quarterly

In the era of digital design and manufacturing, architects can experiment with and apply mathematical concepts to built structures as never before.

This in-depth survey of forty-six international projects offers a thorough overview of the most exciting manifestations of these new processes through illustrations, lucid texts, hands-on experience and constructed projects. The result is a rich compendium of the thinking and building behind today’s most exciting architecture.

Minifie Nixon • Foster + Partners • John Pickering • Antoni Gaudí • Ingenhoven Architects • Gehry Partners • Kohn Pedersen Fox • Lab Architecture Studio • Ateliers • Jean Nouvel • Ocean North • Biothing • Arup Agu • PTW Architects • Heneghan Peng • Daniel Libeskind • Ashton Raggatt McDougall • Foreign Office Architects • Arata • Isozaki • Cox Architects • Toyo Ito • UN Studio • Decoi Architects • Paul Morgan Architects • Greg Lynn • McBride Charles Ryan • Hakes Associates • Cloud 9 Architecture • Karres en Brands • Nox Architects • Servo • Asymptote • Hyperbody Research Group • Carlo Ratti Associati




Authors: Mark Burry, Daniel Giralt-Miracle, Jeremy Rifkin, Enric Ruiz Geli (Editor)
Publisher: Actar, 2011

The MediaTic building is designed to be a communications hub and meeting point for businesses and institutions in the world of information and communication technologies (ICTs), as well as for the media and audio-visual sectors. Now, in the Information era, architecture has to be a technological platform, in which bits, connectivity, new materials, and nanotechnology are important. Connections are more relevant than materials. Its complex façade, made of ETFE, represents digital construction, the construction of of information. It responds to the user s necessity: when too much direct sunlight, the ETFE skin protects the inside. When light is needed it opens itself and lets the daylight in. The result is an eco-energy-efficient building. This book unveils the most intriguing and exceptional facts of this building. A fine example of what is called performative architecture .




Authors: Mark Burry, Jordi Coll Grifoll, Joseph Gómez Serrano
Publisher: Edicions UPC, 2008




Authors: Mark Burry, Jordi Bonet i Armengol, Jos Tomlow, Antoni Gaudi
Publisher: jovis, 2008

Around two million people annually visit Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí’s unfinished gesamkunstwerk, La Sagrada Família–a massive church in Barcelona, which was begun in 1883. Since many of Gaudí’s plans for the structure were destroyed during the Spanish Civil War, teams of architects have been continually tinkering with the elusive structure since his death in 1926. Because Gaudí seemingly didn’t use regular or repeating forms–relying instead on color, light and organic sculptural motifs–architects working on the completion of La Sagrada Família have faced a host of daunting design problems. In the 1980s, New Zealand architect Mark Burry began using computer-aided design to piece together the missing parts–but traditional architectural software doesn’t translate Gaudí’s off-beat forms, so Burry applied aeronautical design software to the problem. Though slated for completion by 2007, the building is still very much under construction–the completion date having been pushed back many times. As the structure is dedicated to the holy family, Gaudí would often joke, “The patron of this project is not in a hurry.” Gaudí: Unseen offers a behind-the-scenes look at this hundred-year-long architectural drama.






La Sagrada Família: de Gaudí al CAD

Authors: Mark Burry, Josep Gomez, Jordi Coll, Juan C Melero
Publisher: Ediciones Universitat Politècnica, 1996

The interest of this publication is to present the draft vessels of the Temple of the Sagrada Família currently drawing techniques and computer CAD designed and Antoni Gaudí on plaster models during the twelve years (1914-1926) he worked exclusively and intensely in that work. This book is justified by the explanation of the use of current technology to decipher the hidden relationships Gaudi geometry. Each figure of the book is a tribute to Gaudi authors, since the study of each element of this work shows that creativity does not ignore the rules never allow enrichment geometric space, which reaches its maximum expression in the Sagrada Família. Getting into the knowledge of this building is to find the laws governing their geometry and define its structure, a set of columns, walls and ceilings that highlight the complexity that can be achieved by linking simple geometric elements: planes, cylinders, paraboloids, hyperboloids to close the space of the temple and at the same time, provide the necessary sections to ensure stability and strength. This book opens the way to advance the knowledge of the laws governing the generation of the Sagrada Família and, by extension, the architecture of Gaudí.




Author: Mark Burry
Publisher: Phaidon, 1993

The Expiatory Church of the Sagrada Familia is Gaudi’s undoubted masterpiece. It charts the styles the architect evolved during his career. At the crypt level a Gothic design is used, but as the building climbs towards the sky the structure passes through an Art Nouveau stage before becoming more surreal and fanciful, finishing in four intricately carved, open-work cone-shaped spires. For all its apparent fantasy, however, the Sagrada Familia is rooted in structural principles (based on the parabolic arch) and an elaborate personal symbolism. Unfinished upon the architect’s accidental death in 1926, the church is currently being completed following Gaudi’s plans.

Books and Monographs Edited

The Innovative Imperative: Architectures of Vitality


Guest Editors: Pia Ednie-Brown, Mark Burry and Andrew Burrow

Architectural Design, Vol 83, No 1, John Wiley and Sons, London, January-February 2013, 136 pp. ISBN: 978-1119978657

Suggesting a process that is fundamentally emergent, collective and environmentally situated, this book explores architectural innovation in terms of the production of vitality. Emphasizing attention to ways of doing as key to innovation, this book brings together historical perspectives with a range of leading provocative, emerging approaches to architectural practice that together offer fresh insight into the often vague and ubiquitous atmospheres of innovation-speak.

Books and Monographs Translated


L’Ultím Gaudí, The Essential Gaudi

The Essential Gaudi - Front Cover

Author: Jordi Bonet 

Translated: Mark Burry
Publisher: Encyclopaedia Catalana, 2001

In The Essential Gaudí, we embark on a fascinating quest to discover the geometrical concepts which impregnate the Church of the Sagrada Família. Based on documents and models which survived the 1936 fire, Jordi Bonet, present director of architecture and coordinator of work on the church, describes the research carried out with the aim of discovering the paths Gaudí himself would have taken. Finding the key, the secret, the architectural laws governing the building and harmoniously continuing what had already been completed required exhaustive research work and the gradual building up of the overall idea behind the work. All this led to the final discovery of a geometric modulation embracing the entire architecture of the church, repeated in each and every one of its parts: unit, half, two thirds… Gaudí takes nature as his model and, through a unique and brilliant geometric theory, builds a church in which, just as in nature itself, there is no place for discontinuity.

Book Chapters

Burry, M.C., Prototyping the Unfamiliar: New Dilemmas of Scale Within an Evolving Digital Design Landscape in ‘Rethink! Prototyping’ eds Gengnagel, C, Nagy, E, and Stark, R. Springer International Publishing, Nov, 2015, pp 63-84. ISBN:9783319244372 [Link]

Burry, M.C., Permanence and Change in Architectural Design, Vol 85, No 6 – ‘Mass-customised Cities’, ed Verebes, T. John Wiley & Sons, Nov, 2015, pp 80-85. [Link]

Burry, M.C., Making A Difference: Embedding academic research in practice in ‘Educating Architects: How Tomorrow’s Practitioners Will Learn Today’ eds Spiller, N and Clear, N. Thames and Hudson, Oct, 2014, pp 326-335. ISBN: 9780500343005 [Link]

Burry, M.C., The Architectural Detail and the Fear of Commitment, Architectural Design, Vol 83, No 1 – ‘The Innovation Imperative: Architectures of Vitality’, John Wiley and Sons, London, July 2014, pp 134-141, ISBN: 9781118522530 [Link]

Burry, M.C., BIM and MetaBIM: Design Narrative and Modeling Building Information in ‘Building Information Modeling: BIM in Current and Future Practice’ eds Kensek, K and Noble, D. Wiley, May, 2014, pp 349-362. ISBN: 9781118766309 [Link]

Burry, M.C., Unwrapping Responsive Information in ‘Architecture in Formation: On the Nature of Information in Digital Architecture’, , eds. Lorenzo-Eiroa and Sprecher, Routledge, Oxon, UK and New York, USA, November 27, 2013, pp. XX-XX. 352 pp. ISBN: 978-0415534901 [Link]

Burry, M.C., Antoni Gaudí’s Dynamic Challenge to the Straightjacket of Orthodoxy in ‘Designing the Dynamic: High Performance Sailing and Real Time Feedback in Design’ ed Burry, J.R., Melbourne Books, May 23, 2013, pp 66-77, 160 pp. ISBN: 978-1922129130 [Link]

Burry, M.C., From Descriptive Geometry to Smartgeometry: First Steps towards Digital Architecture in ‘Inside Smartgeometry: Expanding the Architectural Possibilities of Computational Design’ eds Peters, T., and Peters, B., John Wiley and Sons, London, April 22, 2013, pp 154-165, pp 272. ISBN: 978-1118522479

Burry, M.C., Ideas And Computation In Contemporary Urban Design: Addressing The Disconnects in ‘Adaptive Ecologies: Correlated Systems of Living’, ed Spyropoulos, T., Architectural Association Publications, London, June 1, 2013, pp 318-344. 336 pp. ISBN: 978-1907896132

Brown, P.E., Burry, M.C., Burrow, A., Introduction to The Innovative Imperative: Architectures of Vitality, Architectural Design, Vol 83, No 1, John Wiley and Sons, London, January-February 2013, pp 8-17, 136 pp. ISBN: 978-1119978657

Burry, M.C., Design and Society: Innovation Through Appropriation and Adaptation, The Innovative Imperative: Architectures of Vitality, Architectural Design, Vol 83, No 1, John Wiley and Sons, London, January-February 2013, pp. 24-33, 136 pp. ISBN: 978-1119978657

Burry, M.C., Models, Prototypes and Archetypes: Fresh Dilemmas Emerging from ‘File to Factory’ Era, in Sheil, B. (ed.), Manufacturing the Bespoke: Making and Prototyping Architecture, AD Reader Series, Wiley and Sons, London, March 2012, pp. 42-57. 276 pp. ISBN: 978-0-470-66583-1

Burry, M.C., Towards Meeting the Challenges of Facilitating Transdisciplinarity in Design Education, Research and Practice, in Hensel, M.U. (ed.), Design Innovation for the Built Environment – Research by Design and the Renovation of Practice, Routledge, London, February/March 2012, pp. 53-66. 260 pp. ISBN: 978-0-415-59664-0

Burry, M.C., The Persistence of Faith in the Intangible Model in Ayres, P. (ed.), Persistent Modelling: Extending the Role of Architectural Representation, Routledge, Oxon, UK and New York, USA, January 2012, pp. 26-40. 224 pp. ISBN: 978-0-415-59407-3

Burry, M.C., Chapter for Neil Leach, Beijing Biennale

Burry, M.C., [CHAPTER TITLE] in Verebes, T., New Computational Paradigms in Architecture, Tsinghua University Press, Beijing, December 2011, pp. 22-31. 388 pp.

Burry, M.C., Architecture and Practical Design Computation in Menges, A. and Ahlquist, S. (eds.) Computational Design Thinking, AD Reader Series, John Wiley and Sons, London, November 2011, 224 pp. ISBN: 978-0470665701

Burry, M.C., Geometry Working Beyond Effect, in Legendre G. (ed.), Mathematics of Space: Architectural Design, Vol 81, No 4, John Wiley and Sons, London, July/August 2011, pp. 80-89, 136 pp. ISBN: 978-0470-689806

Burry, M.C., Modelling the Unfamiliar, in Homo Faber: Modelling, Identity, and the Post Digital. Edited by Downton, P., Ostwald, M., Fairley, A., Melbourne, The Melbourne Museum and Sydney, Archadia Press, 2010, pp. 13-22. ISBN: 978-0-9775711-4-7

Burry, M.C., Sala Creuer, in Jour Fixe: Zeitgenzeitgenossische Positionen in Architektur, Design, Kunst (Zinsmeister/Wallisser eds.), DOM Publishers, Berlin, Germany, 2010.

Burry, M.C., Towards a New Architecture, in dECOi Architects: From Autoplastic to Alloplastic, Editions Hyx, 2008.  ISBN: 97829103851887

Burry, M.C., That Difficult Nexus, in AADRL Documents 2 DRL Ten: A Design Research Compendium (Publication Coordinator Tom Verebes), AA Publications, 2008.

Burry, M.C., Poise: An Overview in Homo Faber: Modelling Ideas. Edited by Downton, P., Mina, A., Ostwald, M., Fairley, A., Melbourne, RMIT School of Architecture and Design/Melbourne Museum and Sydney, Archadia Press, 2008, pp. 48-49. ISBN: 978-0-9775711-1-6.

Burry, M.C., Beyond the Algorithm: Seeking Differentiated Structures through Alternative Computational and Haptic Design Processes, in Morpho-Ecologies. Towards Heterogeneous Space in Architectural Design (ed. Michael Hensel and Achim Menges), AA Publications February 2007.

Burry, M.C., Gaudí, in New Makers of Modern Culture (ed. Justin Wintle), Volume 1, Routledge, 2007.

Burry, M.C., Gaudí. The Innovator, Mathematics and Culture IV (ed. Michele Emmer), Springer-Verlag (English edition), 2007.

Burry, M.C., What Can the Architect Antoni Gaudí – who died in 1926 – tell us about the World of Digital Design, Keynote address in European Network of Heads of Schools of Architecture (ENHSA), EAAE Transactions on Architectural Education No 29, (re)searching and redefining the content and methods of construction teaching in the new digital era, 2005. Ed. Maria Voyatzaki.

Burry, M.C., Homo Faber, in Architectural Design “Design through Making”, Vol 75, No 4, July/August 2005, pp30-37.

Burry, M.C., Gaudí. The Innovator, Mathematics and Culture IV (ed. Michele Emmer), Springer-Verlag Italia (Italian edition), 2004.

Burry, M.C., Notes on the Non Standard: numerical and architectural production tomorrow, in Non Standard Architectures, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, 2003, pp042- 047.

Burry, M.C., Between Surface and Substance, in Architectural Design “Surface Consciousness”, Vol 73 No 2 Mar/Apr 2003, Wiley-Academy, pp 8-19.

Burry, M.C., Blurring the Lines: Mediating between analogue and digital skill sets, in Architectural Design Vol 73 No 2 Mar/Apr 2003, Wiley-Academy, pp 110-118.

Burry, M.C., Between Intuition and Process: Parametric Design and Rapid Prototyping, in Architecture in the Digital Age (ed. Branko Kolarevic) Spon Press, London, 2003 pp148-162.

Burry, M.C., Gaudí and Information Technology: an architecture of real absence and virtual presence in Gaudí 2002. Miscel·lània, Editorial Planeta, Barcelona, 2002, pp. 200-215.

Burry, M. Liquid Stone, Architecturanimation, Col.legi d’Arquitectes de Catalunya, Barcelona 2003 pp 342-363.

Burry, M.C., Beyond Animation, in Architecture + Animation Architectural Design Vol 71, No 2, Academy Editions, London, April 2001.

Burry, M.C., Dunlop, G.M., Paramorph I, in Cyberspace the world of digital architecture, The Images Publishing Group Pty Ltd, 2000, pp07-09, pp 134-139.

Burry, M.C., The Expiatory Church of the Sagrada Família, in ‘City Icons’ reprint of 1993 monograph Phaidon Press Ltd, London UK, 1999, 60 pp.

Burry, M.C.,  Paramorph: Anti-Accident Methodologies, Architectural Design issue on ‘Hypersurfaces 2’, Academy Editions, London, September 1999, pp78-83.

Burry, M., C., Gaudí, Teratology and Kinship, Architectural Design issue on ‘Hypersurfaces’, Academy Editions, London April 1998 p38-43.

Burry, M.C., Towards New Design Conventions, Ed Asanowicz & Jakimowicz (Chapter title: From Real to Virtual) Technical University of Bialystok, Poland 1997.

Burry, M.C., Approaches to Computer Aided Architectural Composition, Ed Asanowicz & Jakimowicz (Chapter title: Generation and Degeneration) Technical University of Bialystok, Poland 1996.

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