Digital girih, a digital interpretation of islamic architecture

Gernot Riether, Daniel Baerlecken

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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 [I]. This hierarchy has of course been challenged throughout architecture history. This paper 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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Architectural Computing
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 2012
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Building and Construction
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design


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