Learning Objectives

  • Appreciate the nature of beauty and the role it plays in the pursuit of the good;
  • Understand number in a symbolic rather than mathematical sense and how this connects aesthetics to aspects of ancient philosophy;
  • Understand the nature of rational ratios, composed of whole numbers, and transcendental ratios such as the Golden Section which are not composed of whole numbers, as an approach to achieving the beautiful in architectural composition;
  • Use geometric, arithmetic and harmonic methods of application of proportion for analysis of historical designs and to create new designs that achieve a balanced and harmonious state.

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