Paper models of architectural surfaces: images for implicit and explicit geometries

Authors

  • Caterina Cumino Politecnico di Torino, Department of Mathematical Sciences “Giuseppe Luigi Lagrange”
  • Martino Pavignano Politecnico di Torino, Department of Architecture and Design
  • Ursula Zich Politecnico di Torino, Department of Architecture and Design

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.6092/issn.2724-2463/11116

Keywords:

geometry, paper models, architecture, mathematics, interdisciplinary knowledge sharing

Abstract

This contribution focuses on paper models of architectural surfaces, in particular on some roofing systems describable by developable ones. Drawing on an interdisciplinary approach, between Architecture and Mathematics, potentialities and criticalities of these models in explicitly conveying Geometry are investigated, in relation to educational and communicative tasks, both when they are used in a direct, tangible way, and when the use is mediated by images generated by them (thus indirect); we discuss on the possibility for models and images to communicate their explicit and implicit Geometries. The main issue discussed is that a material or analytical description unequivocally allows to grasp all the peculiarities of geometrical shapes, while other representations are subject to critical selection of data and are therefore affected by subjective interpretations; similarly, the translation of the physical model into images is the result of choices which emphasize certain object peculiarities over others and is thus less objective. Hence the importance of the physical model (as well as its digital counterparts) which, even if not used directly, can be complementary to a content that, alone, would be partial and/or misleading.

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Published

2020-07-16

How to Cite

Cumino, C., Pavignano, M., & Zich, U. (2020). Paper models of architectural surfaces: images for implicit and explicit geometries. Img Journal, 2(2), 86-115. https://doi.org/10.6092/issn.2724-2463/11116

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