Ornate Screens – Digital Fabrication
The English word ornament comes from latin ‘ornamentum’ , rooted in ‘ornare’, which can be translated with ‘to give grace to something’. In the past centuries diverse discussions about philosophy and necessity of ornament have formed. Alberti states in De re aedificatoria (1485) that a building is developed through massing and structure first; ornament is added afterwards to give the bold massing and structure ‘pulcritudo′ (beauty) as the noblest and most necessary attribute. Ornamentation serves to increase the ‘pulcritudo′ of a building and to create harmony in the overall intellectual and primary framework. A few hundred years later the critical theories of Adolf Loos (1908) describe ornament as immoral and degenerate –a suppression of the modern society neglecting the modern technologies.
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