Planned sessions with the speakers, presenters, and moderators

With regard to the outbreak of Coronavirus we had to postpone the NEXUS 2020 conference, therefore now NEXUS 20/21, to 26 - 29 July, 2021


Copyrights: Deena El Mahdy; Marco Hemmerling; Ayçe Döşemeciler; Athanassios Economou; Ana Lopez-Moza; Archive of the Laboratory of Architectural Bionics, Moscow – Dmitri Kozlov; Federico A. Garrido; Liss C. Werner

Monday, 26 July until Thursday, 29 July, 2021: Presentations, live online and in videos already before the start of the conference, available for registered participants

Time in Kaiserslautern, Germany (UTC +2)


Monday, 26 July, 2021

©Isabella Friso

14:00 Opening – Welcome Session

15:00 Session 1: Representation and Mediation

Moderator: José Calvo-López
Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura y Edificación, Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena, Cartagena, Spain

  • TALBOT, Richard
    Newcastle University, UK
    Thinking, Imagining, Speculation and Building, In and Through, Drawing
    Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy
    Orthographic Anamnesis on Piero della Francesca’s Perspectival Treatise
  • D'ACUNTO, Giuseppe and FRISO, Isabella
    IUAV University of Architecture of Venice, Italy
    Piazza San Marco Which Is Not There: How it is, How it Was, and How It Should Have Been
  • ARENA, Marinella
    University of Reggio-Calabria, Italy
    The Domes of the Basilica of SS. Pietro and Paolo in Casalvecchio, Messina

Discussion and Break

16:20 Session 2: Space, Perception, and Representation

Moderator: João Pedro Xavier
Faculty of Architecture, University of Porto, Porto, Portugal

    Technische Hochschule Köln, Germany
    Anamorphic Spaces
  • MARTÍN, Javier and MARTÍN Fuentes, Daniel-Vicente
    Berlin International University of Applied Sciences, Germany and Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain
    Surface Ornamentation and Spatial Distortion
  • BURATTI, Giorgio; MELE, Giampiero; ROSSI, Michela
    Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy and eCampus Telematic University, Novedrate (Co), Italy
    Bramante’s “Mirabile Artificio” in Milan
  • PROIETTI, Tiziana and GEPSHTEIN, Sergei
    Gibbs College of Architecture, University of Oklahoma, Norman OK, USA and School of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California
    Psychophysics of Architectural Proportion in Three Dimensions

Discussion and Break

17:40 Session 3: Parametric Analysis and Designing

Moderator: Cornelie Leopold
fatuk, Kaiserslautern, Germany

  • SPALLONE, Roberta and CALVANO, Michele
    Politecnico di Torino, Italy
    Parametric Experiments on Palladio’s Villas
  • GIOVANNINI, Elisabetta Caterina
    Politecnico di Torino, Italy
    Making Palladio Digitally Explicit: Geometrical Parameters in the First Book of the "Quattro libri dell’Architettura"
  • GARRIDO, Federico Andres
    TU Kaiserslautern, Germany and German University Cairo, Egypt
    Understanding 19th-Century Architecture through Parametric Design Strategies
  • FRITSCHE, Niels-Christian
    Technische Universität Dresden, Germany
    Modelling exceptions. Sense-free Transitions by Guerrilla Design: Cheat on Habits and Software

Discussion – End of first day


Tuesday, 27 July, 2021

©Archive of the Laboratory of Architectural Bionics, Moscow – Dmitri Kozlov

14:00 Welcome – Intro of the day

14:15 Session 4: Mathematics of Natural Forms and Structures

Moderator: Vera Viana
Associação dos Professores de Geometria e de Desenho (Aproged) and CEAU - Faculty of Architecture, University of Porto, Porto, Portugal 

  • KOZLOV, Dmitri
    Ministry of Construction and Housing and Communal Services, Moscow, Russia
    Mathematics of Forms and Structures of Animate Nature in the Theory and Practice of Architectural Bionics
  • REDENBACH, Claudia
    TU Kaiserslautern, Germany
    Random Tessellations - How to Build Random Cell Structures
  • BRINITZER, Sabine
    TU Kaiserslautern, Germany
    How Organic Architecture was Realized at the Beginning of the 20th Century 
  • CALANDRIELLO, Antonio; FASOLO, Marco; TALARICO, Valeria
    University of Padua, Italy and Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
    The Geometric Language of the Brouillon Project: An Original Interpretative Proposal

Discussion and Break

15:35 Session 5: Design Theory and Analysis

Moderator: Mine Özkar
Mimarlık Bölümü Taşkışla, Mimarlık Fakültesi, Istanbul Teknik Üniversitesi, Taksim-Istanbul, Turkey

  • ECONOMOU, Athanassios
    Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA
    Durand Redrawn: A Formal Description of Durand’s "Précis of the Lectures on Architecture"
  • LEE, Ju Hyun; OSTWALD, Michael J.; DAWES, Michael
    University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
    Syntactical and Mathematical Measures of Visitor and Inhabitant Relations in Palladian Villas
    Technische Universität Berlin, Germany; National Technical University of Athens, Greece and Ecole National Superieure d’Architecture de Belleville, Paris, France
    Designing with Space Syntax: An Open-Frame Computational Methodology for Spatial Analysis and Design
  • CÀNDITO, Cristina and MELONI, Alessandro
    University of Genoa, Italy
    Anne Tyng’s Unrealized Projects between Ideal Geometry and Real Architecture

Discussion and Break

16:55 Session 6: Architectural Education

Moderator: Kim Williams
Editor-in-Chief, Nexus Network Journal

    Beykent University, Istanbul, Turkey
    Overview of Geometry of Design Course: Integration of Mathematics with Design in Architectural Education
    Warsaw University of Technology, Poland
    Form Follows Parameter: Algorithmic Form-Finding Methods in Architectural Education
  • EL MAHDY, Deena
    The British University, Egypt
    Making to Learn: A Pedagogical Teaching Model from Manual to Fabrication in Architectural Education Curriculum

Discussion and Break

18:00 Session 7: Short Presentations and Exhibitions

Moderator: Andrea Giordano
University of Padova, Padova, Italy

  • BÄUMLER, Werner and LEOPOLD, Cornelie
    Freelance artist Laurin, Treporti - Cavallino (VE), Italy and TU Kaiserslautern, Germany
    Stairs Like Walking on a Smooth Hill
    Technical University of Cartagena, Spain
    Relationship between Geometry and Stereotomy in Spanish Renaissance Ashlar Sail Vaults
  • PANAROTTO, Federico
    University of Padua, Italy
    From Topology Optimization to BIM Model: An Interoperable Approach for Building Elements
  • SHETH, Kwachit
    Indubhai Parekh School of Architecture, Rajkot, India
    Timbrel Vaulting Technique: Gauging Skill Acquisition of Unskilled Labourers
  • ZICH, Ursula; CUMINO, Caterina; PAVIGNANO, Martino
    Politecnico di Torino, Turin, Italy
    About Architectural Paper Models: Geometry as a Tool, from Design to Engineering

Discussion – End of second day


Wednesday, 28 July, 2021


14:00 Welcome – Intro of the day

14:15 Session 8: Design Methods

Moderator: Sylvie Duvernoy
Florence, Italy

  • BORIN, Paolo; GIORDANO, Andrea; BERNARDELLO, Rachele A.; ZANCHETTA, Carlo; GUARNERI, Cristiano; CECCHINI, Cristina         
    University of Padua, Italy
    Configuration vs. Structure: Form Follows Functions
  • LORDICK, Daniel and EICHENAUER, Martin
    Technische Universität Dresden, Germany
    Line Geometry Applied to Form Finding
  • WERNER, Liss C.
    Technische Universität Berlin, Germany
    Prototype Component for a Data-Driven 2.5-Dimensional Façade to Increase Visual Comfort
  • FERREIRA, Maria da Piedade
    Hochschule für Technik Stuttgart, Germany
    Embodied Emotions: A Methodology for Experiments in Corporeal Architecture

Discussion and Break

15:35 Session 9: Design History

Moderator: Alessandra Capanna
Dipartimento di Architettura e Progetto, Università di Roma “La Sapienza”, Rome, Italy

  • KUROISHI, Izumi
    Aoyama Gakuin University, Tokyo, Japan
    “Madori” and the Mathematics of Planning during Housing Modernization in Japan
  • MOLS, Nick
    University of Edinburgh, UK
    Numeric Intersections between Serlio’s and Palladio’s Room Ratios
  • BELO RODEIA, Teresa and COUTO DUARTE, João Miguel
    Lusiada University, Lisbon, Portugal
    The Singular Application of the Modulor to the Oliveira do Hospital "Pousada"
  • WILSON, Peter
    Cambridge, MA, USA
    Geometry and Astronomy in Vitruvius’s Fanum Basilica

Discussion and Break

16:55 Session 10: Historical Design Analyses

Moderator: Roberta Spallone
DAD - Dipartimento di Architettura e Design, Politecnico di Torino, Torino, Italy

  • BORK, Robert
    University of Iowa, Iowa City, USA
    Geometrical Analysis of Gothic Buildings: Changing Challenges and Opportunities
  • SCHINDLER, Bruno
    RWTH Aachen, Germany
    Built Mathematical Complexity: The Towers of Laon
  • OLIVERO, Lucas Fabian; BANDEIRA ARAUJO, António; ROSSI, Adriana
    Universidade Aberta, Lisbon, Portugal and University of Campania, Aversa, Italy
    Reconstruction of St. Michael’s Church, Hildesheim, in Cubical Perspective
  • FLORIANO, Laura; LIUZZO, Mariangela; MARGANI, Giuseppe
    University KORE, Enna, Italy
    Geometric Characterization of Late-Baroque Domes in Sicily

Discussion – End of third day


Thursday, 29 July, 2021

©Ana Lopez-Moza

14:00 Welcome – Intro of the day

14:15 Session 11: Design and Construction History

Moderator: Marco Bevilacqua
DESTeC, University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy

    Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain
    Geometry and Actual Construction in Brick Vaults by Slices: The case of Carranque in Spain 
  • SALCEDO GALERA, Macarena and GARCIA BAÑO, Ricardo
    Technical University of Cartagena, Spain
    The Vault of the Bab El Nasr Gate: An Early Case of Groin Vault
  • EFENDIOGLU, Gizem 
    Özyeğin University, Istanbul, Turkey
    Muqarnas Construction Techniques with Geometrical Background
  • CAPONE, Mara and LANZARA, Emanuela
    University of Naples Federico II – Italy
    Search for Geometric Rules: Procedural Modelling for Distribution of Majolica Tiles on Domes

Discussion and Break

15:35 Session 12: Short Presentations and Exhibitions

Moderator: Maria Zack
Mathematical, Information and Computer Sciences, Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego, CA, USA

  • BERAN, Filip and PONKA, Matěj
    Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic
    Descriptive Geometry Learnt through “Graduation Work”: A Secondary-School Case Study
  • CIRILLO, Vincenzo; GALDIERO, Pasquale; LANZARA, Emanuela
    University of Campania, Italy and University Federico II of Naples, Italy
    Geometric Configurations: The Majolica Dome of the Church of Santa Maria della Sanità in Naples
    Departamento de Matemáticas, IES Bachiller Sabuco, Albacete, Spain
    The Octagonal Wooden Ceiling of Picasso’s Museum in Malaga and Some Derived Polyhedra and Honeycombs
  • VIANA, Vera
    Faculty of Architecture of Porto’s University, Portugal
    Towards a Systematic Approach of Topological Interlocked Assemblies of Polyhedra
    Freelance artist, Institute for Flow Research, Herrischried, Germany
    The Regular Polygon Bundles of Carl Kemper


16:15 Session 13: Urbanism

Moderator: Peter Spitzley
fatuk, Kaiserslautern, Germany

  • ŽIŪRIENĖ, Rytė; FISCHNALLER, Franz; LILAS, Žilvinas
    Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, Lithuania; Accademia Albertina di Belle Arti di Torino, Turin, Italy and Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln, Germany
    Virtual Vilnius as a Playground for Creativity and Learning
  • NORONHA, Marcela and CELANI, Gabriela
    University of Campinas, Brazil
    A Computational Methodology to assess the Impact of Street Retrofitting Interventions on Pedestrian Level of Service
  • ÇALIŞIR ADEM, Pinar and CAGDAS, Gülen
    Istanbul Technical University, Turkey
    Cellular Automata for a Generative Model in Traditional Cities


18:00 Final Discussion – End of Conference