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Rococo, baroque, Michael Royer, Pennsylvania, UPenn, symmetry, asymmetry, dynamic

Colonizing Rococo is a design project by Michael Royer, done at University of Pennsylvania. The main idea behind the project was to use contemporary techniques, such as aggregation and emergence in order to try to revisit architectural problems of the past. Contemporary computer techniques allow for the use of highly complex geometries that could only be achieved by master craftspeople in the past.

The project is significantly dealing with the ideas of asymmetry and symmetry and questions of ornament. Looking back at problems from the 18th century lights our contemporary issues in different way, bringing new way of answering questions such as façade as ornament and the relationship between symmetry and asymmetry. Baroque and Rococo craft work and architecture were a specific jumping off point when looking at these issues. The emergent qualities in the building arise from the aggregation of parts to create a whole. The symmetry in the project was then put in as a counterbalance to the emergent technique that had already taken place. This is the point at which an uncanny scenario happens in the building where emergence and contemporary issues of creation are brought back into the historical issues of symmetry and asymmetry of the Baroque and Rococo.

The building twisting as it rises from the site is meant to question the dogmatic approach to the ground and transform into a more loose and asymmetrical condition of object in the sky. This can be seen as a interpretation of the difference between Baroque and Rococo where Baroque is symmetric and more static while Rococo becomes dynamic.

Rococo, baroque, Michael Royer, Pennsylvania, UPenn, symmetry, asymmetry, dynamic

Rococo, baroque, Michael Royer, Pennsylvania, UPenn, symmetry, asymmetry, dynamic

Rococo, baroque, Michael Royer, Pennsylvania, UPenn, symmetry, asymmetry, dynamic

Rococo, baroque, Michael Royer, Pennsylvania, UPenn, symmetry, asymmetry, dynamic

Rococo, baroque, Michael Royer, Pennsylvania, UPenn, symmetry, asymmetry, dynamic

Rococo, baroque, Michael Royer, Pennsylvania, UPenn, symmetry, asymmetry, dynamic

 

 

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