Creative Mornings Basel: Symmetry

February 15, 2019

Filmed Lectures Series for Creative Mornings

Messe, Basel, Switzerland


Solange Mbanefo

Symmetry instinctively has a natural soothing and orderly effect on our visual processes, which makes us feel connected to the equilibrium of our surrounding environment.  Our intrinsic satisfaction is derived through a process of Firmitas (the solid), Utilitas (the useful), and Venustas (the beautiful). 

In evolutionary terms, the power of mathematical alignment is the structural criteria for a subconscious and visual appeal that is rooted to an imitation of nature’s biological basis for  perfection.  

For  instance,  the  golden  rules  of  symmetries  and  scale-free  fractals  show  the complexity of any living structure whose form is due to its fundamental function. A biological pattern is therefore manifested by multiple layers and forms of symmetries.   

In the realm of good urban design, these theories are naturally applied by our selective perception to condense and order visual data to avoid clustering our limited cognitive system.  Symmetries applied in public spaces, urban planning, architecture, politics, tradition and psychology can all be characterized into a mathematical expression that feeds a collective consciousness.   

By  examining  how  vernacular  urban  settlements  complement  or  contradict  the  myth  of  the  Ideal Masterplan, we shall eventually explore global urban trends from traditional African ancient cities, to the late middle ages and the renaissance cities. From the birth of modern science and philosophy to the manifestation of good urban design of our twenty-first century. 

What can be improved and where are the best places to start mirroring their symmetrical theories of a healthy quality of life?

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Invited by: Creative Mornings - Basel

MA Pavillion hosts:  Now The Fair Sustainable creativity installation at Messe, MCH Swiss Exhibition AG, Basel 2019:

Speaker: Solange Mbanefo

QR-Code Audio-Visual: Kevin McGloughlin  -

Photography: © Ben Köchlin -

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