Vitruvius And Le Corbusier's Views Of Humans, Body And Building

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“My key objectives in the design of the Emirates Towers was to create the composition and placement of the twin towers to appear to be constantly changing, depending on the point of view and time of day,” – Hazel Wong (Abdel-Razzaq, 2015)

Humans, Body and Building:
The idea of harmony and proportion has been haunting the human mind since antiquity. The use of proportion and measurement to create a harmonious city scape can be seen in ancient cities like Athens, Rome, and Cordoba but where does this proportion come from? Nature of course, but it’s a specific part of nature that humans relate harmony and proportion to: the human body. Vitruvius was the first person to publish his ideas on the relationship between human proportion and architecture. His Vitruvian man is the “ideal human figure” to which all system of proportions must follow. Le Corbusier picked up on Vitruvius’s ideas on human proportion. However, Le Corbusier wanted something more concrete, more of a guide book for proportions so he created the Modulor which was based on a 6 foot English detective. However the problem with both Vitruvius and Le Corbusier’s views on “human” proportions is that they related their systems to one kind of human being, the western white man. Which brings up the issue of how females and non-Caucasian people are mostly ignored when it comes to architecture, whether they are designing or they are being designed for. These ideas, Hosey argues, that architecture is not limited to a specific group of people, but is relative to the group of people and the culture that houses the architecture. The beauty of architecture, is what makes it related to the time,
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He set specific rules to achieve great architecture. His five points on architecture and the modular are his gospel for architecture. The idea for the Modulor came from his belief in mass-production as a way of life towards utopia. This way of life is achieved

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