Santa Maria in Campitelli

Santa Maria in Campitelli, the 17th century Baroque church by Carlo Rainaldi, was analyzed through its key conceptual strategies. First, a typological categorization of the several different pilaster and column conditions was created, in an attempt to understand a possible logic of geometric configurations. Next, the model of the church underwent a series of procedures to transform its spaces, so as to better understand their relationships to one another. This process led to the discovery that the church resulted from a juxtaposition of two distinct church typologies, the basilica nave with side aisles, and the central-cross plan. After this discovery, a series of formally abstract drawings and models were created to explore the two basic formal strategies as they play against and with one another throughout the volume of the church, in hopes of further informing an understanding of design.

Second Year Design Studio, with Professors Michael Young and Pablo Lorenzo-Eiroa.

Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture
The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art

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