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Master of Advanced Studies in Architecture, Specialization in Computer Aided Architectural Design | 065-0005/6
Supervision: Prof. Dr. Ludger Hovestadt, Philipp Schaerer
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-- NDSSladjanaMarkovic - 23 Nov 2005

Mondrian Code

Pattern: Mondrians canvas: Boogie Woogie Broadway Idea: Using Mondrian’ system of coloring and building city on canvas to make structure of scripting Aim: User chooses size of canvas, number of streets, sites, building and cars and machine creates every time different picture by input rules. Experiment: Different approach for Mondrian’ canvas in 3d means that Mondrian’ pattern is used for designing space (house, city) or just for relief like 3d view of Mondrian’ 2d character.

  • idea

mondrian.jpg Broadway Boogie-Woogie is a painting by Piet Mondrian completed in 1943, shortly after he moved to New York in 1940. Escaping from a Europe at war, Mondrian spent the last four years of his life in New York City, where he was fascinated by the exuberance of its city life. His paintings of that time express that exuberance.This canvas is considered his masterpiece, and a culmination of his aesthetic. Compared to his earlier work, the canvas is divided into a much larger number of squares. Although he spent most of his work creating abstract work, this painting is considered to have two clear real-world inspirations: the city grid of Manhattan, and the boogie woogie music that he loved to dance to. In his final painting, Broadway Boogie Woogie, 1942-3, the checkerboard lines, previously black, are now painted blue, gray, red and yellow. (The yellow was apparently inspired by New Yorks yellow cabs). In Broadway Boogie Woogie, Mondrian cleverly introduces the restless motion of the city into the painting. Move the button underneath the painting from right to left to remove the hue (color), without altering the luminance (brightness).

  • system

- system of colours: yellow, red, blue, white
- system of building the city: streets, sites, buildings, cars - system of conections: out of order

  • concept for code
canvas 1.make border square,set dimensions
streets.jpg 2.streets: draw horizontal strips,draw vertical strips,colour yellow,set number and dimesions of them
cars.jpg draw small squares on the strips;colour white, blue,red,set number of them
site.jpg 4.draw large squares in the fields of the section between h und v strips;colour white, blue, red, yellow; set number of them
buildings.jpg 5.draw middle size squares on the large squares;colour white,red,blue or yellow different of large square colour,set number of them

  • code

Mondrian' Code


  • CNC model


2a.jpg 3a.jpg

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