Spiridonidis, Constantin Victor
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Lifelong Learning EU
Geometry as a discipline related to forms and their order, in the intellectual tectonics of Architecture? What is its contribution, its position? Does Geometry affect this 'archi-tecture' by enriching its contents with notions and meanings or, on the contrary, does it affect it by eliminating or restricting its potential formal configurations? Is this diachronic symbiosis with Architecture dynamic, inspirational, instrumental, deliberative, imposing? Does Geometry act as a framework to create an enclosure or does it constitute an escape room from the ordinary, the established, the regular, the 'out of the comfort zone', and to investigate in freedom the new normal, the innovative, the original or, at least, the different and the better? Architecture is addressed to Geometry with entirely different demands in time. We could, therefore, suggest that there are many versions of Geometry affiliated with architecture, that is to say, many Geometries. This essay examines the role of Geometry in architectural thinking and practice in three major periods of architectural development. The first is the period in which the focal point of architectural thinking is the cosmic and the divine, (from the antiquity till about the 13th Century) where Geometry is that of the Master Builder. The second is the era of humanism, where the central preoccupation of Architecture is the human (from the Renaissance to the late 20th Century), and Geometry is that of visual perception. The third is the emerging era of the post-human, where the main focus of Architecture becomes 'Gaia,' the Planet as an alive ecology that emerges from the symbiosis between the natural and the artificial, and Geometry is that of data. © 2019 Lifelong Learning EU.
This article is not available at CUD collection. The version of scholarly record of this article is published in ArchiDOCT (2019), available online at:
Architectural Design, Architectural thinking, Digital design tools, Geometry, Representation
Spiridonidis, C. (2019). Geometries. ArchiDoct, 6(2), 15-31.