Digital Girih

Digital Girih, A Digital Interpretation Of Islamic
Architecture

Gernot Riether and Daniel Baerlecken

The relation between texture, pattern and massing is a fundamental question in architecture. Classical architecture, as Leon Battista Alberti states in De Re Aedificatoria, Book VI, Chapter 2, is developed through massing and structure first; texture is added afterwards to give the bold massing and structure beauty. This hierarchy has of course been challenged throughout architecture history.

This paper by Gernot Riether and Daniel Baerlecken, will provide a different thinking of the relationship of massing and texture in Islamic Architecture from a digital point of view. An analysis of Islamic patterns challenged this relationship in Islamic architecture. Digital design and fabrication methods for a series of studies and an installation were used to respond to the findings of the analysis.

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