The Corinthian Capital according to Alberti: Generative modelling and digital prototyping of classical architectural elements

Eduardo Castro e Costa, Filipe Coutinho, José Pinto Duarte, Mário Krüger

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Abstract

The main objective of the ongoing investigation described in this paper is to produce a Corinthian capital through generative modelling and digital prototyping, and according to Leon Battista Alberti’s treatise on architecture, De re aedificatoria. This investigation is part of the Digital Alberti research project, which aims to decode Alberti’s treatise through the use of new technologies. This treatise can be interpreted as a set of instructions regarding the art of building. Some of these instructions were translated into computational models, capable of generating digital instances of column elements according to the classical canons prescribed in the treatise. These instances were then digitally produced, materializing Alberti’s theory. Despite Alberti’s thoroughness, some detailing information is missing, namely for the Corinthian capital; observationand computational geometry were important for filling in the gaps. Such investigation allows determining the suitability of different modelling strategies, as well as the potential of different prototyping technologies.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInnovative Developments in Virtual and Physical Prototyping
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 5th International Conference on Advanced Research in Virtual and Rapid Prototyping, VRAP 2011
Place of PublicationLeiria, Portugal
Pages255-262
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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Castro e Costa, E., Coutinho, F., Duarte, J. P., & Krüger, M. (2012). The Corinthian Capital according to Alberti: Generative modelling and digital prototyping of classical architectural elements. In Innovative Developments in Virtual and Physical Prototyping: Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Advanced Research in Virtual and Rapid Prototyping, VRAP 2011 (pp. 255-262).