Mathematics and Architecture

A Diderot Mathematical Forum dedicated to

“Mathematics and Architecture”

will be held on June 8th 2019 in the three cities :

Helsinki (Finland), Porto (Portugal) and Prague (Czech Republic)


The cycle of conferences "Diderot Mathematical Forum" was introduced by the European Mathematical Society (EMS) in 1996.

 Each conference takes place simultaneously in three European cities exchanging information by videoconferences, addresses a specific topic, and has both a research and a public component.




Organizer : Juliette Kennedy


- Kirsi Peltonen (Aalto University)
IN TRANSITION - Mathematics and Art

- Philip Tidwell (Aalto University)
The Imaginary from Number to Space

- Juhani Pallasmaa (Aalto University)
Man, Measure, Proportion: mathematics and music in architecture

- Axel Kilian (MIT)
Embodied Computation - Architectural Robotics

Location: Metsätalo, conference room 2, Unioninkatu 40 00170 Helsinki



Organizers: João Pedro Xavier and João Nuno Tavares


- Sylvie Duvernoy (Politecnico di Milano. Scuola di Design)
Guarino Guarini, architect and mathematician

- Alexandra Paio (ISCTE-IUL)
Shape grammar

- José Pedro Sousa (FAUP)
Parametric architecture and digital manufacturing

- João Pedro Xavier (FAUP)
Perspective in perspective

Location: University of Porto / Department of Mathematics



Organizer : Jiří Rákosník


- Henri H. Achten (Prague, Czech Technical University)

- Robert Aish (London, University College London)

- Daniel Piker (London, Foster and Partners)

- Christopher Williams (Gothenburg, Chalmers University of Technology)

Location: Institute of Mathematics of the Czech Academy of
Sciences, Žitná 609/25, 110 00, Prague


Secretariat and Administration

CIM (Centro Internacional de Matemática, Portugal )

Coordination and Contact

Mireille.Chaleyat-Maurel (University Paris Descartes, Paris, France)




Diderot Mathematical Forum 2019: Mathematics and Architecture

Links to the videorecordings of the lectures held in Prague and the two lectures transmitted from Helsinki and Porto

Henri Achten (ČVUT v Praze): Introduction. A view on architecture
Robert Aish (University College London): The relationship between Architecture and Geometry: a more general introduction
Christopher Williams (Chalmers University of Technology): From Diderot and d'Alembert to general relativity theory viz masonry vaults
Robert Aish: Topologic: non-manifold topology for architecture and building engineering
Daniel Piker (Foster + Partners, London): Design exploration through minimisation. Part 1 Christopher Williams: From Diderot and d'Alembert to general relativity theory viz masonry vaults
Daniel Piker: Design exploration through minimisation. Part 2
Juhani Pallasmaa (Helsinki): Man, measure and proportion – mathematics, geometry and music in architecture
José Pedro Sousa (University of Porto): Calculating geometry. Experiments from practice, teaching and research