HONORARY PRESIDENT OF THE INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY OF BIOURBANISM
Polymath, Urbanist, Scientist, Mathematician, Urban Morphologist & Architectural Theorist
Nikos A. Salingaros is regarded as one of the world’s leading urbanists and architectural theorists, with a foundation as a scientist and mathematician. He was born in Perth, Australia of Greek parents in 1952. He obtained a PhD in Theoretical Physics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and is now Professor of Mathematics at the University of Texas at San Antonio. He is also on the Architecture Faculties of universities in Italy, Mexico, and The Netherlands. He has enjoyed an architectural collaboration with Christopher Alexander over a twenty-five year period. Known for his work on urban theory, architectural theory, complexity theory, and design philosophy. Like Alexander, Salingaros has proposed an alternative theoretical approach to architecture and urbanism that is more adaptive to human needs and aspirations, and that combines rigorous scientific analysis with deep intuitive experience. His work is seen by many as forging a crucial scientific underpinning for innovative ideas of a new humanistic architecture married to the timeless content of traditional architectures. He is respected for providing a powerful boost for traditional architecture and urbanism as exemplified by the work of Leon Krier. Lately, Salingaros helped to bring the notion of biophilic architecture into the public understanding. His contributions about biophilic design and the relevance of design choices for the human cognitive system are pioneering and really noteworthy.
Salingaros is involved in forming a community that applies analogous techniques of File sharing and Open-source software from computer science to urbanism. This movement, based upon Peer-to-peer principles, is aptly called P2P Urbanism, and combines user participation in design and the use of Design Patterns from Christopher Alexander with other methods found useful in handling complex software. His work links urban form to new concepts such as the Small-world network and the Scale-free network. Salingaros provides key support for the New Urbanism movement, combining its typologies with new exigencies of the developing “Network City”. He gained worldwide notice when he predicted the end of the skyscraper era, in an essay written together with James Howard Kunstler. As a real scientist, he has been instrumental in exposing the pseudoscientific jargon used by currently popular architects to promote their trendy but ultimately inhuman projects. His books “Principles of Urban Structure” and “A Theory of Architecture” provide the foundation for a completely new approach to the built environment. They are being translated into several languages, and are used by students, professionals, and governments to redesign cities and to define once again an architecture adapted to human beings. Salingaros has been included in “50 VISIONARIES who are changing your world”, published in the November–December 2008 edition of Utne Reader.