Centre for Architecture Theory Criticism History
School of Architecture

The History and Artifice of Horizontally Striped Architecture: A Study of Articulation, Composition and the Work of Mario Botta

Team: Project Timeframe: August 2010-

The PhD research project examines the artifice of stripes on the architectural façade, combining historical and theoretical research methodologies with design research methods, in order to form an understanding of their use over some 2000 years of Western architecture. In particular, the study examines the capacity of stripes to inflate the authority, autonomy, and scale of the built object, and therefore focuses on the use of stripes to modify the form and surface of a building: manipulating and exaggerating the appearance of architecture.