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Jon Allen Lecture: Geometry: Key to Beauty in 21st Century Architecture

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Jon Allen Lecture: Geometry: Key to Beauty in 21st Century Architecture

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Behind the varied styles of architectural expression lies a universal language in which all forms, directly or indirectly, have their source and inspiration. This language of archetypal pattern is practised as Geometry, known since ancient times as ‘The Art of the Ever True.’

This lecture will explore the derivation of a scale of harmonic measures from fundamental geometric shapes; and how this can be used in architectural composition to produce buildings that are ‘harmonious’ – ‘symmetrical’ in the Vitruvian sense – and ‘beautiful’.

The pressing practical (ecological and social) needs of our time should not narrow our focus, but rather open us to a bigger and deeper picture, wherein can be found the source of lasting solutions. Part of our toolkit as architects should be an understanding and working knowledge of the universal language of Geometry, which is also a healing art.

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