Institute of Classical Architecture & Art




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ONE SATURDAY SESSION: December 13, 2014; 10AM–1PM & 2:30–5:30PM

The class provides an overview of the concept of proportion as a design tool in traditional architecture. It is presented in the form of lectures and demonstrations. The content includes an explanation of the concept of symbolic or qualitative number; an introduction to Pythagorean and Platonic numerical philosophy; he relation of number to beauty; the derivation of the ancient musical octave; a discussion of the Golden Section, its mathematics, geometry, relation to philosophy, and particularly its role as geometrical “logos”; and the connection of these ideas to the numerical-geometrical canons of classical architecture. These ideas are applied to historical archetypes, such as the four-column portico and the small house, through demonstrations using arithmetic, geometric, and harmonic ratio methods. The course may be taken as an introduction to these ideas or as a review for those who have some background with the subject.

Instructor: Steve Bass, Architect, ICAA Instructor
Location: ICAA, 20 West 44th Street, 3rd Floor, New York, NY
Cost/Learning Units: $200 ($150 Members); 6 HSW AIA/CES LUs