Walls, Geometry and Ideas

Today’s lecture was given by a senior lecturer from the University of Sheffield and was about a case study of the Casa Poli house in Chile, which is a small cubic house built out of concrete and timber and experiments with the preconceived ideas of the structure of a house such as the wall thickness, floor height and open spaces. The lecturer went through a series of examples of architecture that has been built using geometrical theories just like Casa Poli. The main inspiration for this lecture came from architect and historian Colin Rowe who wrote an article in 1947 called ‘The Mathematics of the Ideal Villa, Palladio and Le Corbusier Compared’ which compared many different structures to Casa Poli. His article made comparisons of the geometric similarities and differences between this house and others, by architects such as Le Corbusier, and summarised that even as architecture changes throughout the decades there is still a pattern of fundamental geometry used by architects throughout history that continues today.


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