Continuous Maps and the Topological Exceptions of the Gothic

As the logic of discrete material confronts the desire of global continuous expression, the need for more integrated descriptors of shape emerges (Figure 5). The divergence of each successive row of aggregation from the ideal design surface accumulated to the point of system rupture – the necessary introduction of a distinct material and module. Gothic builders attempted to build complex vault surfaces with modules – bricks – with no explicit mathematical relationship to the vault geometry. The tension is illustrated in the topological exceptions of Gothic vaults – moments where continuity is frustrated by ruptures in the logic of module propagation itself.

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