A word that describes contemporary approach and thinking behind variety of complex shapes in digital architecture. “According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the word baroque is derived from the Portuguese word “barroco”, Spanish “barroco”, or French “baroque”, all of which refer to a “rough or imperfect pearl””(Wikipedia). In other words a fluid form these days named blob – “binary large object” (Wikipedia). A way to achieve the complex forms is with use of fluid simulation and metaballs – “in computer graphics, organic-looking n-dimensional objects” (Wikipedia). Thus Metaball meets Baroque – MetaBaroque.
One can find more parallels between today and age 300 years ago. Not only in terms of form and pushing the envelope from clean Euclidean geometry to insanely complex. Have French château, Spanish cathedrals and latest free form icons something in common? And how free those icons really are?