ABSTRACT

Scale is a word which underlies much of architectural and urban design practice, its history and theory, and its technology. Its connotations have traditionally been linked with the humanities, in the sense of relating to human societies and to human form. ‘To build in scale’ is an aspiration that is usually taken for granted by most of those involved in architectural production, as well as by members of the public; yet in a world where value systems of all kinds are being questioned, the term has come under renewed scrutiny. The older, more particular, meanings in the humanities, pertaining to classical Western culture, are where the sense of scale often resides in cultural production.

Scale may be traced back, ultimately, to the discovery of musical harmonies, and in the arithmetic proportional relationship of the building to its parts. One might question the continued relevance of this understanding of scale in the global world of today. What, in other words, is culturally specific about scale? And what does scale mean in a world where an intuitive, visual understanding is often undermined or superseded by other senses, or by hyper-reality? Structured thematically in three parts, this book addresses various issues of scale. The book includes an introduction which sets the scene in terms of current architectural discourse and also contains a visual essay in each section. It is of interest to undergraduate and postgraduate students, academics and practitioners in architecture and architectural theory as well as to students in a range of other disciplines including art history and theory, geography, anthropology and landscape architecture.

chapter |10 pages

Introduction

chapter |8 pages

Excursus 1: The scale of the detail

part |2 pages

Scale before the twentieth century

chapter |13 pages

London in the late seventeenth century

The rebuilding of London in the late seventeenth century

chapter |9 pages

Mildendo and Masdar

A tale of two cities

chapter |11 pages

‘Examining the knots . . . counting the bricks’

John Ruskin’s innocent eye

chapter |11 pages

in architectural representation

Choisy’s development of axonometry in architectural representation

part |2 pages

Scale in art and perception

chapter |9 pages

Colour scales

chapter |11 pages

and architecture

Aligning the qualitative with the quantitative in music and architecture

chapter |8 pages

Architectural scale

Psychoanalysis and Adrian Stokes

chapter |10 pages

Sublime indifference

chapter |10 pages

conceptual art

Measurement pieces and the redefinition of scale in conceptual art

chapter |9 pages

design process of two architects who lost their sight

Studying scale and scaling in the haptic design process of two architects who lost their sight

chapter |10 pages

of Living’

‘House after Two Years of Living’

part |2 pages

Scale in the twentieth century and beyond

chapter |11 pages

Ethos pathos logos

Architects and their chairs

chapter |12 pages

Delos Symposia

Doxiadis and the Delos Symposia

chapter |12 pages

Little boxes

chapter |12 pages

and Utkin

The Columbaria of Brodsky and Utkin