Network power dynamics (2006)
digital historical analysis with Michael C. Freedman

The exchange of ideas between digital practice and historical architectural form has largely been a superficial one in which architects use digital tools to produce drawings of traditional architectural components. This project challenges that precedent, using computational tools to more fully analyze the architecture of the Baroque instead of merely representing it.

Rome’s Palazzo Barberini is the setting for this analysis of the correlations between the architectural forms and the daily rituals of the building’s primary occupants: Anna, Taddeo, and Francesco Barberini—the closest relations of Pope Urban VIII. The mapping of ritualistic paths and chronologies described by architectural historian Patricia Waddy, generated a matrix of relationships between social power, building form, and time. The graphic output was presented in the publication Clouds.

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