Sambit Datta (Curtin University, AU)

The use of spacial information technologies to establish ancient links between temple construction traditions in Indian and Southeast Asia

Sambit Datta

This paper studies the methods involved in piecing together fragments of evidence from early temple sites in South and Southeast Asia to establish the linkages between these temple building traditions. The focus here is on tracing the canonical connections between these traditions through an examination of temple forms in India, Cambodia and Java. The architecture of these temples have been reconstructed by the author using photogrammetry, digital and physical models. Using spatial information modelling (e.g. parametric models, rule-based design and mathematical development of rule-based surfaces), fragmentary evidence from diverse sources have been pieced together to gradually establish the range of early South and Southeast Asian temple forms and geometric characteristics.