Sacred Geometries

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Human beings seek to explain objects and occurrences in their environment through the use of myths. Myths have been passed down through the ancient times to present day and they allow people to live beyond their everyday experiences, to have something to believe in and hope for. Myths can also help to explain where certain things came from and can give meaning to things such as numbers and shapes. Proportioning and geometric systems like the golden section can link directly back to myth, giving a reason as to why they were used in something such as a building design. The legacy of Marcus Vitruvius will connect to the medieval cathedral of Salisbury and to the modern-day work of Norman Foster at the Swiss Re Headquarters, both located in London, England, by showing how their shapes and forms can be broken down and analyzed in order to find similar geometries. Is it possible that sacred geometries still exist in powerful architecture being designed by world-renowned architects today?
Vitruvius, a first century Roman author, architect, and engineer talks about the importance and impact on geometry in architecture, which includes the use of the perfect square and the golden ratio. He also talks about the fact of what architecture is made up of: order, arrangement, and proportion. The writings of Vitruvius can go back to myth and how certain numbers and proportions are believed to have meaning. His works include the title, from around 15 BC, De architectura, which when translated into English is Ten Books on Architecture. These books give a contemporary view on architecture, both the ways it should be designed and built. Some of his books talk about town planning, building materials, temples, geometry and astronomy, interior decoratio...

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