Baroque Topologies: Reassessment of Italian Baroque Architecture in the Era of Big Data

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The era of “big data” has fostered the need for new approaches to analysis and representation in all fields of design. The ability to capture, record and simulate increasingly larger sets of data coupled with remote access to cloud computing and progressively more affordable additive fabrication technology provides new opportunities and methods for understanding and assessing complexity and representation in architecture.

New instruments from inside and outside of the discipline have a direct influence on the way architecture is designed and realized. Baroque Topologies demonstrates their potential to radically redefine our understanding of the full spectrum of formal and spatial complexity of Baroque architecture. Inherent in this process is a reexamination of the value-laden tools of contemporary representation and their impact on current architectural production.
Fayetteville, AR
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1. Potential of LiDAR technology and how the development of architectural representation techniques have been deeply influenced by an integral relationship to surveying instruments and methods.
2. Evolution of the centrally planned church in key works of six Italian Baroque Masters: Francesco Borromini, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Girolamo and Carlo Rainaldi, Pietro da Cortona, Guarino Guarini and Bernardo Vittone.
3. How the interior space of architecture rather than the exterior has long been the fundamental experimental ground for both design and representational breakthroughs in the discourse.
4. How the Baroque - an architectural movement without definite canon - initiated formalism.
Andrew Saunders
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