Here I’ve come across to a nice website about the short history of tilings and tessellations: http://gruze.org/tilings/. I’m especially interested in the role of Albrecht Dürer, who seem to pioneer some of the concepts of today’s emerging field of architectural geometry. In this website Kevin Jardine explains mathematical aspects of some of the ancient tilings in a very understandable format. Here is a phrase from his section about Dürer; Like Kepler, Dürer was fascinated with regular polygons and polyhedra, although more for their practical visual possibilities than as the basis for mathematical […]


In 14th century, Albrecht Dürer basically seems to capture some of the fundamentals of contemporary parametric design. Apart from other thinkers of his age, he refused to accept one single definition of beauty, based on proportions. His famous physiognomical studies reflected very early examples of referential systems that generates diverse design outputs, even a half century before Descartes publised the coordinate system and four centuries before D’Arcy draw the formal studies on species. I don’t know if he is mentioned in historical studies of computational design today but he seems […]