| Author: Matteo Mauro
| Instructor: Isaie Bloch, Naja DeOstos
| Bartlett, UCL
| The project, conceived following a research on micromegalic splendour, aims to create an outpost in the Andean desert that embodies a universal message rather than a practical function. An outpost that dwells the desert, designed in harmony with the sounds of its context. Location, content and scale of the project is inspired by Peruvians ornaments of uninhabited lands: the ancient geoglyphs in the Nazca desert intended as mega-ornament that dresses environments.
The journey began with the study of the relation between people, ornaments, and landscapes. As human life does not begin or end, it is always going on; environments are never complete but continually under construction. Humans are World Makers, they build environments.
The formal investigation of the project is carried through a study on ornamentation and sound: four soundtracks were selected as case studies, and analysed with sound measuring tools that translated them into spectrograms. The selected tracks relates to specific historical times and ornamentation styles: Traditional Peruvian Baroque song, Traditional Mayan Instrument sound, Peruvian desert recordings, and (as extreme opposite of comparison) Rococo Vivaldi Orlando Pazzo.
The blend of the acquired information, which translated sound into mathematical curves, was used to generate the project’s main forms and spaces, but also inspired a digital painting that works as a micromegalic decorative pattern inspired by the world of micromegalic ornamentation and its deep meanings. The design encloses a vast number of curvaceous decorative lines, inspired by ornamental arrangements, which work to enrich and sustain a broader sensorial experience.
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