Parametricism & Geometrical Logic in Indian Temples
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The course shall explore the question of how we can understand and interpret the underlying geometrical logic in the architectural forms of Indian Temples from the “past” through cutting edge parametric design platforms such as Rhino and Grasshopper. Participants will be learning parametric modeling techniques, understand the geometric aspects of Indian temples, and then explore such geometries through exercises.

Geometries of Indian Temples provide a rich and underexplored terrain of complex algorithms. Traditionally taught in the pedagogy of architectural history, the inter- and intra-variances in the geometric systems make Indian Temples an ideal subject for understanding the concepts of associative parameters (through the relationship of form and detailing), and iteration (by generating exhaustive lists of macro-level forms). Using Rhino and Grasshopper to understand, explore, and imagine Indian Temples provides an innovative method to learn tools of the future with examples from the past.

The technique of Parametric Design opens new ways of interpreting geometries. It marks a paradigm shift where relationships between elements are used to manipulate and inform the design of geometries and structures. The focus shifts from the process of modeling geometry, to the process of defining geometry.

The course shall be divided into three parts – i) introduction to parametricism through exploration of different components of Indian Temples, ii) introduction to Indian Temple typologies and design narrative building, and iii) a design charrette to construct Parametric Essays inspired by Indian Temple forms including but not limited to – planforms, superstructures, spires, stepped wells, and gateways.

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