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Articulated Design of the Detail: Examining and Documenting Italian Renaissance Architectural Expression

Published onJul 18, 2020
Articulated Design of the Detail: Examining and Documenting Italian Renaissance Architectural Expression

Cornell AAP Association/12 Submission

Primary Contributor

Gracie Meek

NetID: grm66

Email: grm66@cornell.edu

Physical address: 925 Siena Dr. Southlake, TX 76092

Phone number: 817-575-9547

Student: Gracie Meek, B.Arch. 2022

Project Information

Title of work: Articulated Design of the Detail

Medium: Artist’s Book

Dimensions when expanded: 40” x 21”

Department: Art

Academic course: ART 3306 – Artist Book & Object Multiple

Date Completed: May 19th, 2020

Visual Submission

Description of work:

Examining architectural details is critical to the integrity of a building and its context. Architectural concepts, materials, rhythms, and geometries are carried throughout the system. Intricate joinery in the meeting of corners, labyrinths of grooves on pediments, and the winding profile of cornices define the building’s theoretical expression and technical character. The moment in which interrelated parts of a structure are read as a whole becomes visible. The details become a method of organizing things, like individual musical notes harmonizing.

Created in Gregory Page’s bookmaking class and in concert with the Priscilla and Robert Joy ’72 Prize in Architecture, a series of three accordion-style books were constructed of analog drawings that document, catalog, and analyze peculiar architectural details throughout Italy. When aligned, the reverse side of the pages reveal a large collage drawing composed of individual details to construct a capriccio: an imaginary view of an architectural fantasy.

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