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Architecture, set design and mathematical pattern

P. Morel
M. Teissier

2004 International Mathematica Symposium
Conference location

Banff, Canada

The work presented here follows a work commissioned by the Architectural and Design department of the CNAC Centre Pompidou (National Museum of Modern Art, Paris) and of its director, Frédéric Migayrou [Migayrou 2000, Migayrou 2003], Chief Conservator of the department, to develop the scenography of an exhibition dedicated to the latest tendencies of contemporary architecture: Non Standard Architectures. The theoretical discourse behind this exhibition is the following: the contemporary architecture is in a hidden continuity, formal and conceptual, with the research of the pioneers of the art and architecture of the early 20th century, especially Man Ray [Man Ray 2000, 2003] and Max Bill [Max Bill 1954]. This continuity and community of thought manifest themselves in large part by the use of mathematics and technology as artistic creation tools, as a common language for the exchange of ideas and theories, and also as instruments of political, economic and social changes. One of these current tools is Mathematica, an amazing creation that anyone can configure according to their own needs. The alliance of rigor and openness of Mathematica has allowed the collaborative work presented here between a mathematician and an architectural firm (EZCT Architecture & Design Research), and between concepts and ideas peculiar to architecture and the application of mathematical elements. In this notebook, we will show how Mathematica can deepen architectural questions, how it allows a new dialogue between multiple subjects and cultures and how it facilitates an openness towards richer and more complex knowledge.

*Engineering > Architecture

architecture, set design, mathematical pattern
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