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A parametric model of Byzantine church domes

Potamianos, Iakovos and Jabi, Wassim 2015. A parametric model of Byzantine church domes. Presented at: Balkan Light 2015, Athens, Greece, 16-19 September 2015. Balkan Light 2016: The 6th Balkan Conference on Lighting. Balkan Light Athens, Greece: National Technical University of Athens, pp. 13-18.

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Abstract

This paper attempts to analyze, through the use of a flexible parametric model, the majority of cases of dome designs of the Byzantine period. Through interactive experimentation and a review of literary sources and case studies, it theorizes on the variety of refinements that were used in order to achieve the uniformly luminous effect present in most Byzantine church domes over a period of a thousand years. The parametric computer model employs a physics simulation engine and animation methods to trace the path of a sunray as it enters and reflects within a Byzantine dome. Through parametric variation and simulation, the method has the potential to produce endless dome designs as well as accurately derive their qualitative and quantitative lighting characteristics.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Architecture
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
Uncontrolled Keywords: Byzantine domes, lighting simulation, parametric models, natural lighting
Publisher: National Technical University of Athens
ISBN: 9786188034822
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Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 08:17
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/75391

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