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Measure for Measure: Masculinity, Proportion and the Architecture of the Ancients

Taylor, Mark (2001) Measure for Measure: Masculinity, Proportion and the Architecture of the Ancients. In Burry, Mark, Datta, Sambit, Dawson, Anthony, & Rollo, John (Eds.) Mathematics and Design 2001: The Third International Conference, 3-5 July, Deakin University, Geelong.

Abstract

This paper is a gendered reading of mathematical proportion and the human body in the architecture of the ancients. It discusses how body centred proportion, derived from empirical observation are projected onto architecture as ideal mathematical measurement between proportion, the human body and architecture. Often identified through the male body proportional rules of measurement present a form of masculinity that concerns strength, bareness and beauty. A critical reading of a number of ancient architectural treatises is made using contemporary gender and sexuality theories to show that proportion and the architectural orders of the ancients promote a hegemonic narrative of masculinity.

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ID Code: 7695
Item Type: Conference Paper
Keywords: architectural philosophy, aesthetic theory, gender theory
ISBN: 07300025268
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING (120500) > History and Theory of the Built Environment (excl. Architecture) (120502)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > ARCHITECTURE (120100) > Architectural Design (120101)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > ARCHITECTURE (120100) > Interior Design (120106)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2001 Mark Taylor
Deposited On: 16 May 2007
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 22:40

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