The Need for a System of Proportions

The Need for a System of Proportions - The Need for a...

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The Need for a System of Proportions Architects and builders have always sought systems of proportions, and Vitruvius was no different. He wrote, "Symmetry is a proper agreement between the members of the work itself, and relation between the different parts and the whole general scheme, in accordance with a certain part selected as standard." And later, "Therefore since nature has proportioned the human body so that its members are duly proportioned to the frame as a whole, . . . in perfect buildings the different members must be in exact symmetrical relations to the whole general scheme". Here Vitruvius uses symmetrical relationships to mean the same proportions , rather than some kind of mirror symmetry. Such a system would use the repetition of a few key ratios, to insure harmony and unity. It would have additive properties, so the whole could equal the sum of its parts, in different combinations. This would give a pleasing design, and maintain flexibility. Finally, since builders are most comfortable with integers, it would be based on whole
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This note was uploaded on 11/05/2011 for the course ARH ARH2000 taught by Professor Karenroberts during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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