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id acadia13_173
authors Ericson, Mark
year 2013
title Manufacturing Method: A study of the stereotomic methods of Guarino Guarini
source ACADIA 13: Adaptive Architecture [Proceedings of the 33rd Annual Conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA) ISBN 978-1-926724-22-5] Cambridge 24-26 October, 2013), pp. 173-178
summary Methods of architectural representation are often considered fixed, scripted and defined.Methods are learned and acquired through the memorization and comprehension of specific rule sets. While these rules and conventions allow for legibility and communication between various sites, participants and drawings, they also have tendency to produce similar results. This paper considers the potential of manufacturing architectural methods through a detailed study of historic modes of representation. It examines the drawings of the Italian architect Guarino Guarini (1624-1683) and demonstrates the means by which he adapted stereotomic methods and Euclidian propositions to respond to specific architectural conditions. It argues that Guarini’s engagementwith the details of both method and instrumentality offer potential to the current studies in the development of form finding methodologies. If we are to continue to expand the methodological framework of architectural production through slow and tedious instrumental work, we must apply the same level of analysis to our historical precedents. Doing so will enable a finer grained manipulation of instrumentality through an increased focus not on the manufacturing of form but rather the manufacturing of method. Examples of drawings by the author and of students explain and support the text.
keywords Guarino Guarini, baroque, stereotomy, geometry and architecture, representation
series ACADIA
type Normal Paper
email mark.ericson@woodbury.edu
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