Form and organisation – THE FIBONACCI SEQUENCE

THE FIBONACCI SEQUENCE The Fibonacci Sequence is a recursive series of numbers, where each number in the sequence is the sum of the two numbers preceding it. A simple sequence beginning with 0 follows: 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55 … Any two adjacent numbers in the sequence may be…

Form and organisation – THE GOLDEN SECTION

THE GOLDEN SECTION The properties of proportion of the golden section have been employed by architects, artists, mathematicians, and musicians since the acient Greeks reconignized its proportional ordening in the human body. Even tody many believe it to contain mystical qualities, whose unique mathematical and geometrical relationships create a harmonic condition that is nature’s aesthetically…

Aeral View of the Millennium Dome, London – ENGLAND

The Millennium Dome, also referred to simply as The Dome, is the original name of a large dome-shaped building originally used to house the Millennium Experience, a major exhibition celebrating the beginning of the third millennium. It is the ninth largest building in the world by usable volume. Located on the Greenwich Peninsula in South East London, England, the exhibition was open to the…

Form and organisation – PROPORTIONING SYSTEMS

PROPORTIONING SYSTEMS Though proportions and ratios are often thought to be the same thing, ratios, in fact, indicate a relationship of quantity or size between or among more than one thing; proportions establish a balanced relationship of parts to each other or to a greater whole. In architecture, proportion provides visual and spatial order as…

Proportion and form – ACCESSIBLE DESIGN DIMENSIONS

Overall Dimensions for Adult Wheelchairs Architects must equally be familiar with the dimensions of those with special needs, specifically the constraints posed by wheelchair use. Design to accomodate wheelchairs and other special needs is increasingly the rule rather than the exeption, particulary as the concept of universal design gains more prominence. Universal design suggests making…

PROPORTION AND FORM

Since most architecture, even that designed for a large scale use (such as an airplane hanger or an elephant barn), requires some human interface, our own bodies serve as useful reference points for inhabiting space. Similarly, no matter how complicated structures may be, most are reducible to the point, line, or plane that evolved into…