THEORY OF PROPORTION

STEVE BASS ARCHITECT

TWO SESSION COURSE - THEORY OF PROPORTION

This course provides an overview of the concepts of harmonic, arithmetic and geometric proportion systems as design objectives in traditional architecture.  It is presented in the form of lectures and demonstrations.  The course has no pre-requisites and is open to the public.  Anyone interested may attend.  It is designed for those with limited exposure to the classical language, as well as for those seeking to increase their understanding of design and history. 

There is no required reading for the course.  Text and materials:  participants to bring pencils or pens, a compass, a straightedge, and paper - either loose, or in notebook 9"x12" or larger.

The course content includes an explanation of symbolic, qualitative number; an introduction to Pythagorean and Platonic numerical philosophy;  the 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 a geometrical "logos"; and, the connection of these ideas to the numerical-geometrical canons of classical architecture and applied archetypes.

SESSION ONE:  9:30 AM - 12:30 PM.   (Saturday 09/23)

SESSION TWO:  2:00 PM - 5:00 PM.   (Saturday 09/23)

FINAL DISCUSSION:  5:00 PM - 6:00 PM.  (Informal Q/A... refreshments & wine provided)

Registration & Location:  to be announced at a later date. 

STEVE BASS is a practicing architect in New York and a regular instructor on the harmonic, arithmetic and geometric theory of proportion for The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art as part of its continued core curriculum coursework.

from the sketchbook of Duncan McRoberts, c. 1990.

from the sketchbook of Duncan McRoberts, c. 1990.