Project 3: 2d Geometries

The project is to convert and combine simple 2-d geometries into complex 3-d forms. This week you’ll be doing the first stage: 2-d compositions. Combine two or more simple, platonic geometrical forms into 10 beautiful and elegant compositions, each on its own piece of paper. The diagram of the geometry of Borromini’s Sant’Ivo della Sapienza illustrated here is a good example of the kind of thing we are expecting – a complex form created using very simple shapes in a rigorous manner.
Each of the 10 should have different qualities suggesting stasis, movement, direction, feeling. This does not mean it’s an uncoordinated shape throwing exercise. The composition should have internal logic (although is not necessary for it to be symmetrical).
Think about:
Scale
Repetition
Superimposition
Interpenetration and intersection
Juxtaposition
Symmetry
Size and shape of paper
Position of composition on paper
Etc.etc.
You will find the book, ‘Architecture and Geometry in the Age of the Baroque’ by George Hersey very helpful for this project and indeed for the rest of the year. Buy or borrow it and read it. Other useful references include, the work of architects such as Borromini, Bernini, Guarini, and the artist Gordon Matta Clark’s works ‘Conical Intersect’ and ‘Office Baroque’.
You all also need to edit, inprove or complete your 100 lines project!.
Submission : Thursday 11th October.

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