ARTICLES

February 2, 2018
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TOMÁS SARACENO

Entangled Orbits is the name of an exhibition at the Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, Maryland, USA October 1,2017 – July 22, 2018.   It is […]
January 18, 2018

DA VINCI’S OBSESSION WITH THE OCTAGON

Artist, geometer, and educator Mark A. Reynolds investigated Leonardo Da Vinci’s frequent use of the octagon.  This article uses excerpts from Mark Reynolds’ writing on the […]
January 16, 2018
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MARK A. REYNOLDS – GEOMETER-ARTIST

— This page under construction — Mark Reynolds is devoted to developing geometry as an art form.  Not surprisingly, many of his hand-drawn works and paintings involve […]
January 14, 2018
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NATIONAL COMMERCIAL BANK

Design studies for this triangular 27-story office building and bank in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia was started around 1978.  It was developed during a period in which […]
December 10, 2017
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PYRAMIDS THROUGH THE CENTURIES

Ever since the Egyptians built their pyramids starting around 2,700 BCE and the Kush in nearby Sudan followed the Egyptian models 2000 years later, pyramids have […]
November 28, 2017
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The WILLIAM VALE hotel

This 21 story project is an expression of Diagonality in the form of structural decoration: that is the message of this bold design completed in 2017. […]
November 18, 2017
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BROKEN OBELISK

Barnett Newman’s Broken Obelisk, also known as Black Needle, was one of the best pieces of sculpture of it time.  The dates associated with its creation […]
November 18, 2017
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URANIBORG

 The great Danish naked-eye astronomer, nobleman and writer was an adherent of the Copernican system of cosmic organization.  He was known for his accurate astronomical and […]
October 31, 2017
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VLADIMIR SHUKHOV – The Triangulating Russian Spiderman

Throughout the 19th century, cultural developments were occurring in many disciplines that led to the full blossoming of Diagonality in the 20th century.  One person central […]
October 30, 2017

DIAGONALITY’S GEOMETRY

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October 29, 2017
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THE SUMMIT AT UNIVERSITY CITY

  THE SUMMIT AT UNIVERSITY CITY was built in 2015 on the campus of Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in the USA. The project consists of […]
October 20, 2017
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BANK OF CHINA

The Bank of China is an exemplary manifestation of Diagonality executed in the second half of the Twentieth century.  It was designed by the United States […]
October 9, 2017
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LEWIS FOREMAN DAY

Lewis F. Day (1845-1910) was a designer, writer, and critic who published several books that informed readers of patterns with which they might not otherwise have […]
September 29, 2017
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VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL WALL

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall designed by American architect Maya Lin was built on the National Mall in Washington, DC in 1982. It is a deeply […]
September 20, 2017
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Chronology: Louis Kahn’s Engagement with Diagonality

1943          Teen and Nursery Building in Why City Planning is Your Responsibility. Reportedly designed by Kahn’s partner Oscar Stonorov and described as having “explosive […]
September 13, 2017
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MANFRED MOHR – Turning and exploding the cube

In the mid-1960’s, after discovering information aesthetics as taught by his Professor Max Bense, Manfred Mohr (b. 1938) turned from abstract expressionism to computer generated algorithmic […]
August 23, 2017
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THE MYSTERIOUS WORK OF ROBIN FREDENTHAL – Simple Beginnings

It is a fundamental truth that complex structures always evolve from simpler components.  Such is the history of the universe and all that lies within it. […]
August 22, 2017
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HOUSE OF TOMORROW and the FAGAN/McMAHON HOUSE

The glass and steel HOUSE OF TOMORROW was designed by Chicago architect George Fred Keck (1895-1980) for the Century of Progress International Exposition in Chicago in […]
August 13, 2017
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The Triangular Lodge at Rushton

Sir Thomas Tresham (1545-1605) was a gentleman architect and builder, well-educated and a prominent recusant Catholic landowner in Northamptonshire, England during the Elizabethan era.  However, he […]
July 18, 2017
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RETREAT HOUSE

 Reportedly, this 1978 design for a Retreat House was produced by the Philadelphia architectural firm, Mitchell/Giurgola, for a mistress of a “(far) northern European automobile manufacturer […]
July 17, 2017
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INVERTED PYRAMIDS

  Ever since the ancient Egyptians built their iconic pyramids several thousand year ago, architects have been replicating them through the centuries both as masses of […]
July 17, 2017
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Oscar Niemeyer’s Caracas Museum of Modern Art

The probable inspiration for the Canadian Pavilion at Expo 67 was the 1945/55 Caracas Museum of Modern Art by the Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer (1907-2012).  The […]
July 13, 2017
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July 13, 2017
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Freeman House

The Freeman House (1965 – 1966), designed by Gunnar Birkerts (1925 -), is a prime example of the use of diagonal elements in residential architecture. Situated […]
July 12, 2017
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Diagrids

Link to a gallery of images and a useful book on the subject: http://www.tboake.com/diagrids.html
July 8, 2017
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University Art Museum, Berkeley, CA

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July 8, 2017
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Crystal Cities and Alpine Architecture

Crystallography is the science of determining the geometric arrangement of atoms in natural crystal structures. This science is largely rooted in critical studies performed during the […]
July 5, 2017
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JEAN RENAUDIE

The following article is based largely on a thesis written by Anton Zoetmulder titled: JEAN RENAUDIE: to give voice to that which was silent. The original […]
July 3, 2017
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Tower of the Winds

The Tower of the Winds was built in 48 BCE in the Roman Agora in Athens, Greece but was largely out of view for many centuries […]
July 1, 2017
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Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower

    The COCOON TOWER is a fifty-story educational facility built in 2008 in the high-rise district of Shinjuku in Tokyo, Japan.  The building is home […]
June 30, 2017
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Canadian Pavilion Expo 67

The design of the inverted pyramid designed by architects Rod Robbie and Colin Vaughan came about by chance.  The architects, all smokers, were working with cardboard […]
June 29, 2017
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Hearst Tower, New York, NY

  William Randolph Hearst had demanded that his six-story corporate headquarters in New York City be engineered to support a future skyscraper. Sir Norman Foster, an […]
June 28, 2017
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BETH SHALOM SYNAGOGUE

Figure 1. Beth Shalom Synagogue, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, Frank Lloyd Wright, 1954-1959 In 1876, Frank Lloyd Wright’s mother attended the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia and visited […]
June 23, 2017
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TOKYO BUDŌKAN

The Tokyo Budokan sports facility was built in 1989 in the Higashi Ayase Metropolitan Park in the Adachi-ku area of  northern Tokyo. Its purpose was to […]
June 22, 2017
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Daniel Libeskind’s Museums

Daniel Libeskind originally rose to prominence because of his striking and highly honored, Jewish (History) Museum in Berlin. I‘ve been told that visitors find the building […]
May 6, 2017
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GÜNTHER DOMENIG – Diagonality in the work of a troubled genius

Günther Domenig was a little-known but important Austrian architect who died in June of 2012. I had emailed him in 2005 when I was working on […]