Explorations in Beauty: Harmonic Ratios


Exhibited Fall 2011


Digo Lima

Explorations in Beauty

Harmonic Ratios


The premise of this series is to explore the notion, and definition, of "beauty" through scripting, and transformative digital modeling techniques. All of the forms produced in this series are the product of a relentless application of sequential operations derived from mathematic's most "beautiful" sequences and equations, such as the golden ratio and the Fibonacci sequence. Each are originated from an idealized geometry such as a cube, golden plane, and so on. 

Considered something of a naughty word within the contemporary discourse of architecture, an increasing number of architects and theorists have been outwardly accepting the idea that much of the result of architecture is the act of ones subjective decision of what is “beautiful” or "elegant". In a time where rule based architectural strategies are the overwhelming dominant, such an argument for intuition and subjectivity is difficult to support. However, particualry within the community of parametric designers, the idea of knowing when to stop and what is "elegant" or "beautiful" has become one of the most definitive delineators between mediocre and inspiring computational design. 

The following series is merely and exercise. Please feel free to develop your own subjective opinions. All the items here are difficult to definitively categorize as “beautiful”, or just fascinating, even though they are all relentlessly rationally generated.