id 
ecaade2014_014 
authors 
Wolfgang E. Lorenz 
year 
2014 
title 
Measurability of Loos' rejection of the ornament  Using boxcounting as a method for analysing facades 
source 
Thompson, Emine Mine (ed.), Fusion  Proceedings of the 32nd eCAADe Conference  Volume 1, Department of Architecture and Built Environment, Faculty of Engineering and Environment, Newcastle upon Tyne, England, UK, 1012 September 2014, pp. 495504 
wos 
WOS:000361384700049 
summary 
As evidence from recent years has demonstrated, boxcounting provides an objective fractal analytical method to evaluate the visual complexity of architecture. This paper for the first time explores the potential of boxcounting with regard to the work of the Viennese architect Adolf Loos (18701933). Loos is seen as the pioneer of modern architecture, as someone who anticipated the International Style. This impression derives from his resentments towards the ornament, expressed especially in his texts. However, Loos did not reject ornamentation in general. Thus, the group of smooth plastered facades provides a narrowed view on his overall architectural concept. A more differentiated view on Loos' oeuvre is not new; however, the author further develops the possibilities of describing facades geometrically by using an implementation of the fractal analytical method, especially created for facades. This paper not only focuses on the possibility of grouping facades with similar characteristic values, but considers other aspects of Loos' design such as space as well. 
keywords 
Boxcounting; adolf loos; complexity; fractal geometry 
series 
eCAADe 
email 
lorenz@iemar.tuwien.ac.at 
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