WIT Press


The Concept Of Proportion In Heritage Architecture: A Study Of Form, Order And Harmony

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/STR030011

Volume

66

Pages

10

Published

2003

Size

559.83 kb

Author(s)

R.F. Borges

Abstract

The concept of proportion in heritage architecture: a study of form, order and harmony R. F. Borges Department of Engineering, Penn State University Altoona College, Altoona, PA. 16801 USA Abstract Ths is an ongoing investigation conducted by the author to examine how different concepts of proportion were employed by Western civilization to create "fonn, order, and harmony" in architectural heritage structures. The shtdy covers the period from Antiquity to the Middle Ages and up to the Renaissance. This is indeed an enormous undertaking in view of the fact that there were so many different systems of proportion employed by such diverse civilizations that makes it impossible, if not htile to attempt to discuss the "history" of proportions in the present article. In view of these practical restrictions, this paper discusses how a particular system of proportion was applied to extant monuments constructed by the ancient civilizations of Egypt and Greece. Future articles will consider Rome, the M

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