Commedia dell'Architettura

 

2015 Syracuse Architecture Thesis Exhibition

Commedia dell’arte is a form of street theatre in which an exaggerated cast of society’s archetypes play out situational tropes. The result is an accessible art form and a sly commentary on social issues. The façade can transform an anonymous structure into a character with values. Baroque palaces were clad with ornament to express playful grandeur, while Corbusien homes were bare and sympathized with the machine.  
Applying the commedia lens to architecture, we can see and design architecture as a series of motives, actions, and reactions among buildings in order to enhance the legibility of their identity and tell a story.

 

Type: Research

Year: 2014

Team: Mark Zlotsky

Advisor: Anne Munly