Monday, 11 June 2018


8.30- 9.30 | Registration

9.30-10.00 | Introduction

10.00-10.20 | The Nexus Conferences | Kim Williams

Session: Perspective and space - Chair: João Pedro Xavier

10.20-11.00 | The Development of the Geometric Concept of Relief Perspective | Cornelie Leopold - Technische Universität Kaiserslautern, Germany

11.00-11.30 | Coffee Break

11.30-12.10 | Hunched Curves in the Vatican: the Vestibule Arch of the Pio Clementino Museum, between Stereotomy and Anamorphosis | Agostino De Rosa and Alessio Bortot - IUAV Venice, Italy

12.10-12.50 | Deconstructing the Imaginary Space of a Quadratura | João Paulo Cabeleira - School of Architecture, University of Minho, Portugal

12.50-13.10 | Notes on Oblique Space | Giuseppe D’Acunto – IUAV University of Venice, Italy

13.10-13.30 | Lost and Found: Some Mathematical Messages from Renaissance Tuscany to a 21st-Century Teacher | Snezana Lawrence - Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK

13.30-15.00 | Lunch


Session: Space and Dimension - Chair: Sylvie Duvernoy

15.00-15.40 | The Four-Dimensional House Theorem | Alessandra Capanna - Sapienza University of Rome, Italy

15.40-16.20 | The Mathematical Space of Daniele Barbaro | Cosimo Monteleone - University of Padua, Italy

16.20-16.40 | N-Dimensional Perspective: the Mathematics behind the Interpretation of Ancient Perspective | Laura Carlevaris - Sapienza University of Rome, Italy

16.40-17.10 | Coffee Break

Session: Geometry – chair: Mine Özkar

17.10-17.50 | Peter Nicholson and the first Interpretation of Greek Architectural Mouldings as Sections of a cone | Stefano Chiarenza - San Raffaele Roma Open University, Rome, Italy

17.50-18.30 | A Grammatical Investigation of Utzon’s Spherical Schema Evolution | Rizal Muslimin - The University of Sydney, NSW, Australia

18.30-18.50 | On Polygons, Set Squares and Mudéjar Carpentry | Antonia Redondo Buitrago - IES Bachiller Sabuco, Albacete, Spain

18.50-19.10 | The Visible and the Invisible Geometries of Venice | Radoslav Zuk - McGill University, Montreal, Canada


Tuesday, 12 June 2018


Session: Historical Analysis – chair: Roberta Spallone

9.00-9.40 | The Design of Roman Mosaics in North Africa and their Geometric References | Francesca Fatta and Domenico Mediati - Mediterranea University of Reggio di Calabria, Italy

9.40-10.00 | Algorithmic Decomposition of Geometric Islamic Patterns: a Case Study with Star Polygon Design in the Tombstones of Ahlat | Asli Agirbas - Fatih Sultan Mehmet Vakif University, Istanbul, Turkey

10.00-10.20 | What We Can Learn from Roman Geometric Mosaics about the People Who Made Them | Bernard Parzysz - Université Paris-Diderot, France

10.20-10.40 | A Resolution to the Problem of the Unity of the Façade of San Miniato al Monte: Integration of the Perfect and Imperfect - Number, Geometry, Proportion, and their Symbolic Meanings | John Kendall Hopkins - Michigan, USA

10.40-11.00 | Application of Cubit–Gaz and Shape Grammar in Architecture Plan Design | Sanaz Ahmadzadeh Siyahrood, Arghavan Ebrahimi and Mohammadjavad Mahdavinejad - Modares University, Tehran, Iran

11.00-11.30 | Coffee Break

Session: Historical Analysis – chair: Kim Williams

11.30-12.10 | Vitruvius Computatus: Notes on the Interpretation of the Six Vitruvian Principles of Architectural Design Framed within Contemporary Computational Design Discourse | Athanassios Economou - Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA

12.10-12.50 | Regola and Licentia in the Extraordinario Libro by Sebastiano Serlio| Roberta Spallone and Marco Vitali, Polytechnic University of Turin, Italy

12.50-13.10 | Della Pianta delle Scale of Guarino Guarini| Ornella Zerlenga and Vincenzo Cirillo – Università degli Studi della Campania, Aversa, Italy

13.10-13.30 | Theories and Approaches in Fortifications Design: the Figure of Gaspare Beretta | Anna Marotta, Ursula Zich and Martino Pavignano - Polytechnic University of Turin, Italy

13.30-15.00 | Lunch


Session: Historical Analysis – chair: Anna Marotta

15.00-15.40 | A Reflection on the Cistercian Bernhardinischer Grundtypus| Stefano Brusaporci, Pamela Maiezza and Gianfranco Ruggieri - University of L’Aquila, Italy

15.40-16.20 | Giuseppe Valadier’s Urban Layout for Piazza del Popolo In Rome| Daniele Calisi and Matteo Molinari - Università degli Studi Roma Tre, Rome, Italy

16.20-16.40 | The Design Process in the Salk Institute by Louis I. Kahn | Isabella Friso and Andrea Giordano - University of Padua, Italy

16.40-17.10 | Coffee Break

Session: Historical Analysis – chair: Alessandra Capanna

17.10-17.50 | Geometrical Design Algorithms in the Prisons of the Nineteenth Century: The Case of the Rotunda in Tempiopausania | Vincenzo Bagnolo, Andrea Pirinu and Marcello Schirru - University of Cagliari, Italy

17.50-18.10 | Urban Morphology of Geometric Pattern in the Villa Imperial de Petropolis | João Pedro Marque Sêco Dias Carmona - Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brasil

18.10-18.30 | Considerations on the Representations of the Analemma in Renaissance Editions of Vitruvius’s De Architectura| Arturo Gallozzi and Michela Cigola - University of Cassino & South Lazio, Cassino, Italy


Wednesday, 13 June 2018


Session: Contemporary Analysis – chair: Maria Zack

9.00-9.40 | Vittorio Giorgini Spatiology-Morphology Architect: from ‘Curved Systems’ to ‘Conventional Systems’| Denise Ulivieri, Lucia Giorgetti and Benedetta Tognetti - University of Pisa, Italy

9.40-10.20 | An Isovist Analysis of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House| Michael J. Ostwald and Michael J. Dawes - The University of Newcastle, Australia

10.20-10.40 | Logical Accidents: The Problem of the Inside Corner | Michael C. Duddy - New York City College of Technology, NYC, USA

10.40-11.00 | Function Should Follow Form: Futures for the Radiant Logic of Carnegie Public Libraries | Oriel E.C. Prizeman, Camilla Pezzica, Mariangela Parisi and Clara-Larissa Lorenz - Cardiff University, UK

11.00-11.30 | Coffee Break

Session: Structures and Techniques of Design – chair: Marco Giorgio Bevilacqua

11.30-11.50 | Composite Interlocking Structures of SL Strands| Shen Guan Shih and Yi Feng Chang - National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taiwan

11.50-12.10 | A Key Nexus for Vault Systems from Lecce: Stereometric Correlation between Shape and Structure| Assunta Pelliccio, Marco Saccucci and Ernesto Grande - University of Cassino and Southern Lazio, Italy

12.10-12.30 | Morphology of Kinetic Structures by Means of Bar and Plate 4R-Linkages | Valentina Beatini - Abdullah Gul University, Kayseri, Turkey

12.30-12.50 | Archifold: an Educational Approach for the Integration of Mathematics in the Architecture Curriculum | Marco Hemmerling and Carlo de Falco - Polytechnic University of Milan, Italy

12.50-13.10 | Algorithmic Modeling and Design of the Architectural Shape: A Didactic Experience | Massimiliano Lo Turco, Ursula Zich, Marco Trisciuoglio, Michela Barosio, Maria Luisa Spreafico and Yoseph Bausola Pagliero - Polytechnic University of Turin, Italy

13.10-13.30 | The Form of Music. Experiment Between Cymatics and Engineering | Fabio Bianconi, Marco Filippucci and Lorenzo Ciculi - University of Perugia, Italy

13.30-15.00 | Lunch


Session: Algorithm and Rule Based Design – chair: Cornelie Leopold

15.00-15.40 | Toward an Algorithm of Visual Design: the Mathematical Approach of Hermann Maertens’ Optische Massstab | Marco Carpiceci and Fabio Colonnese - Sapienza University of Rome, Italy

15.40-16.20 | Towards a Generic Parametric Algorithm for the Geometric Investigation of Baroque Oval Plans: an Application on Sicilian Cases| Cettina Santagati, Federico Mario La Russa, Mariateresa Galizia and Eugenio Magnano di San Lio - University of Catania, Italy

16.20-17.00 | Parametric Design applied to Analysis and Optimization of Spatial Deployable Structures| Manuel Alejandro Ródenas-López, Pedro García Martínez, Pedro Miguel Jiménez-Vicario, Adolfo Pérez Egea and Martino Peña Fernández-Serrano - Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena, Spain

17.00-17.30 | Coffee Break

Session: Algorithm and Rule Based Design – chair: Steve Wassell

17.30-18.10 | Jules Bourgoin (1838-1908): A Forerunner of Generative Shape Grammars| Marie-Pascale Corcuff - Rennes, France

18.10-18.30 | Material Shapes and How to Compute with Them | Benay Gürsoy - Penn State University, PA, USA - and Mine Özkar - Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey

18.30-18.50 | Form – Formal Making of Traditional Chinese Architecture| Manuela Bassetta - Mediterranea University of Reggio di Calabria, Italy

20.30 | Social Dinner at "Bagni di Pisa- Terme di San Giuliano"

Largo Shelley, 18, San Giuliano Terme (Pisa), 56017 Italy


Thursday, 14 June 2018


Chair: Michael Ostwald

9.00-9.20 | Curvilinearity in Architecture: Historical and Contemporary Ideas and Examples| Jakub Świerzawski - Technical University of Lodz, Poland

9.20-9.40 | Complex or Complications? Fractal Geometry in Architecture and Urban Design | Maycon Sedrez - University of Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil

9.40-10.00 | Generating Geodesic Grid Structures by Equally Subdividing Spherical Arc Segments | Willem Gythiel, Mattias Schevenels, Dirk Huylebrouck - Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium

10.00-10.20 | The Curve in Herzog & De Meuron's Architecture | Alexandra Castro - Faculty of Architecture of the University of Porto, Portugal

10.20-10.40 | The Control of Illusory Space: The Contribution of Jacopo Barozzi Da Vignola and the Anteroom of the Council In Palazzo Farnese at Caprarola | Paolo Di Pietro Martinelli – Sapienza University of Rome, Italy

10.40-11.00 | Religious Architectural Heritage Losing its Functions: Strategies to Mitigate the Problem and Provide New Value through Geographical Context Analysis | Elisabetta Pozzobon - University of Pisa, Italy

11.00-11.30 | Coffee Break

Chair: Kim Williams

11.30-11.50 | La Manière Universelle of Girard Desargues for the Understanding of Stereotomic Structures| Cristian Boscaro – IUAV University of Venice, Italy

11.50-12.10 | Geometry, Science and Meaning in the Work of Guarino Guarini| Paolo Borin – IUAV University of Venice, Italy

12.10-12.30 | Shapes and Models: The Survey for the Study of Structures in Historic Buildings | Raffaella De Marco - University of Pavia, Italy

12.30-12.50 | Architectonic Tessellations as Constructive Modules | Vera Viana - Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Portugal

12.50-13.10 | Modularity in Ancient Grain Storage Systems: Historical Overview and In-Depth Analysis of Moroccan Fortified Granaries | Stefania Landi and Oriol Domínguez Martínez – University of Pisa, Italy

13.10-13.30 | Envisioning Future Public Spaces: Experiments in Co-Creation and Evaluation of Urban Visions | Diogo Pereira Henriques - Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

13.30-13.50 | Exploring of Topological Architecture: a Review of Topology Influence on Architecture | Maryam Doroudian, Mohamad Reza Bemanian and Mohamad Javad Mahdavinejad - Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran, Iran