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Let’s Not Forget About…Rhythm

 

Rhythm refers to any movement characterized by a patterned recurrence of elements or motifs at regular or irregular intervals. […] Rhythm incorporates the fundamental notion of repetition as a device to organize forms and spaces in architecture.

Francis D. K. Ching

 

Bodegas Ysios by architect Santiago Calatrava

 

Rhythm is a state of equilibrium which proceeds either from symmetries, simple or complex, or from delicate balancings. Rhythm is an equation; Equalization (symmetry, repetition) (Egyptian and Hindoo temples); compensation (movement of contrary parts) (the Acropolis at Athens); modulation (the development of an original plastic invention) (Santa Sophia). So many reactions, differing in the main for every individual, in spite of the unity of aim which gives the rhythm, and the state of equilibrium. So we get the astonishing diversity found in great epochs, a diversity which is the result of architectural principle and not of the play of decoration.

Le Corbusier

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Let’s Not Forget About… Regulating Lines

 

An inevitable element of Architecture.

The necessity for order. The regulating line is a guarantee against wilfulness. It brings satisfaction to the understanding.

The regulating line is a means to an end; it is not a recipe. Its choice and the modalities of expression given to it are an integral part of architectural creation.

Le Corbusier

 

Regulating lines applied to Notre Dame, Paris

Regulating lines applied to Notre Dame, Paris

 

 

A regulating line is an assurance against capriciousness: it is a means of verification which can ratify all work created in a fervour.

The regulating line is a satisfaction of a spiritual order which leads to the pursuit of ingenuous and harmonious relations. It confers on the work the quality of rhythm.

The choice of the regulating line is one of the decisive moments of inspiration, it is one of the vital operations of architecture.

Le Corbusier

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