020. [COMPUTERS] NEGROPONTE (Nicholas) The Architecture Machine. Toward a More Human Environment, [and] Soft Architecture Machines, Cambridge, Massachusetts, & London, MIT Press, 1970, 1975

First Editions, separated from each other by five years. Quite fascinating high-concept consideration of computers and software, including pattern recognition, compatibilities & conflicts, games, intelligence and architecture, , problem solving, memory, default options, etc. “Most of the machines I will be discussing do not exist at this time. The chapters are primarily extrapolations into the future derived from experiences with various computer-aided design systems, and, in patricular, URBAN5,” [Preface, vol.1]. The text for the follow-up volume was actually completed in 1972, but, ironically, fell prey to the hazards of computer typesetting.

2 vols, square 8vo, vol. 1: 6 ff., pp. 153 (1) incl. 30 pp. bibliography, b/w illustrations, white card covers untitled with 16 silver squares on upper cover (a little foxing to fore-edges, and margins at front and back, otherwise very good); vol. 2. 6 ff., pp. 239 (1), incl. 40 page bibliography, b/w illustrations, silver boards with 16 white squares, spine lettered, dustwrapper (edgeworn, a few creases and short tears; instutional rubber stamp on front paste down; otherwise very good condition).