Friday Research Seminar: Canopy as an Architectural ‘Parti’
In her book The Framing of Sacred Space: The Canopy and the Byzantine Church (Oxford University Press, 2017), Jelena Bogdanović, associate professor of architecture, provides an innovative interpretation of the relationships between the canopy and the design of the Byzantine church.
Instead of following the traditional typologies used to explain the church design (such as cross-in-square church), Bogdanović elucidates a generative but non-imitative system instead — the nine-square grid design spatially articulated by a module of a canopy (most often a four-columned structure with a domical roof). The canopy as an architectural “parti” — a guiding idea for design, which unifies its material and immaterial aspects — allows for a better understanding of the plasticity of Byzantine architecture and how it generated unique experiences of being and presence in space.
Bogdanović’s talk is part of the Friday Research Seminar Series sponsored by the Institute for Design Research and Outreach. All are welcome to attend this brown-bag session. Cookies will be provided.