The Crucifix Glitch

Information

Institute

Delft University of Technology

Pediod

October 2016 - January 2017

Course

Seminar Architectural Reflections

Project Name

The Crucifix Glitch

Tutors

Filippo Maria Doria

Abstract

According to several architectural theorists architecture is intrinsically bound with nature. The right angle does physically not occur in nature, yet it is widely applied in architecture. To investigate why and how this evolved this has been explored in a literary and philosophical research. The right angle, as lines and surfaces, are subjective descriptions of a perceived world which is composed differently, and therefore does not exist physically. In nature orthogonality can be found descriptively, in gravitropism, symmetry, or the relation of an organism's axis. This orthogonality seems to increase according to the extent of consciousness. In architecture the physical right angle emerged out of structural, practical and economical reasons. It is digitalization, ironically, that elaborates us from these Euclidean restrictions.