Architectonics of Humanism: Essays on Number in Architecture

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Reinterpreting the architectural principles of the Renaissance period.

This book presents a fresh viewpoint on the use of symmetry and proportion in Alberti and Palladio with the help of new illustrations and examples. Covering the evolution of the Renaissance tradition into the twentieth century, this book offers a new evaluation which veers from Le Corbusier and the French...
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Overview

Reinterpreting the architectural principles of the Renaissance period.

This book presents a fresh viewpoint on the use of symmetry and proportion in Alberti and Palladio with the help of new illustrations and examples. Covering the evolution of the Renaissance tradition into the twentieth century, this book offers a new evaluation which veers from Le Corbusier and the French school and moves toward the continuation and transformation in the Viennese and Chicago practices exemplified by Frank Lloyd Wright and the American school.

Lionel March (Los Angeles, CA) is a practicing architect and an avid follower of the Modernist tradition in architecture. He also teaches at the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at UCLA.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780471977544
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/8/1998
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 9.45 (h) x 0.81 (d)

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Lionel March, former Rector at the Royal College of Art, London, is currently Professor of Design and Computation at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is a member of the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, and teaches the fundamentals of architectonics. He is closely associated with advances in shape grammars and computation at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His previous books include The Geometry of Environment with Philip Steadman, and edited volumes: The Architecture of Form, Urban Space and Structures with Leslie Martin, and most recently R M Schindler: Composition and Construction with Judith Sheine. Widely regarded as 'the founder of the morphological field in architectural research', March is editor of the journal Planning and Design.
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Table of Contents

Prologue
A Ground 1
I Classical Arithmetic 3
II Euclidean Arithmetic 9
III Cosmogonic Arithmetic 13
IIII Gendered Number 15
V Ethical Number 20
VI Shapeful Number 22
VII Theological Number 31
VIII Occult Number 38
VIIII Playful Number 49
X Right Triangular Number 53
XI Rational Proportion 58
XII Inexpressible Proportion 65
XIII Empowered Proportion 70
XIIII Proportionality 72
XV Composite Proportion 78
XVI Euclidean Regular Figures 85
XVII Scales of Proportion 91
XVIII Prisoners of Number 103
B Foundation 113
XVIIII Judaic Heritage 115
XX Greek Experience 124
XXI Roman Wonders 132
XXII Christian Works 143
C Edifice 151
XXIII Centralized Design 153
XXIIII Leon Battista Alberti 182
XXV Sebastiano Serlio 206
XXVI Andrea Palladio 216
Epilogue 267
App. 1 Canons of Proportion 272
App. 2 Ratios Used in Plans by Palladio: Tables 277
Acknowledgements 279
Index 281
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