cartesian geometry


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cartesian geometry

[kär′tē·zhan jē′äm·ə·trē]
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In the same way that a curve or surface is embedded in a higher order space in Cartesian geometry, a projection system creates a pictorial space into which objects can be embedded.
Here the present grabs the past firmly by the lapels, driving a literal and symbolic wedge through the Reich's ponderous Cartesian geometry. The wedge can be read as many things, an artful knife gash or a cleansing blade of light, that scythes through the brooding masonry hulk with powerful economy and clarity in order to illuminate the building's past and its role in wider history.
Defying conventional Cartesian geometry, this folded plane is the Educatorium's main organizational device, enclosing lecture theatres above and the refectory below.