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     Ideal geometric shapes in architecture have imparted a feeling of order and harmony since the Greeks.

     The Romans, using only geometry and the repeated use of the semicircular arch, later built an empire.

     New innovations followed in the Middle Ages.

     The medieval flying buttress was born from the desire for building higher; and the pointed arch arose from the necessity of efficiently transferring the extra weight from above.

      Surprisingly, "Gothic" was first used as a term of derision by Renaissance critics who scorned the architectural style's lack of conformity to the standards of classic Greece and Rome. A closer look, however, reveals that the underpinnings of medieval architecture were firmly rooted in the ancient use of geometry and proportion. It's seen in the overall cruciform shape of a cathedral; in the rhythmic, intricate patterns found in stained glass windows; and in the rib vaulting that criss-crosses the ceiling.

     Up ahead you'll discover several hallmarks of Gothic design along with tips and tricks to their construction.

     For most of these designs, you will need paper, pencil, ruler and compass. A Zen-like contemplation of line and curve will naturally follow. From there, you can build on your experience to construct something real from the plans that you've mastered!

     Sacred or Gothic geometry serves as a door into the minds of Gothic masters, so it's strongly recommended that you give this historical reenactment a try - on paper at least, and where all great design begins...

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Tips and Tricks to Gothic Geometry
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Tips & Tricks to
Gothic Geometry


More than 30 pages of clear
diagrams to Gothic design...


...including examples
of the origins of historic
medieval architecture...

Lancet arch

PLUS links that you can follow to further resources online...

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