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beautiful mathematics, 20th century architectural elevations

Beautiful Mathematics -20th Century Architectural Elevations
May 16 - June 14, 2003.

Architectural elevations of the 20th Century. Beaux-Arts façades to modernist exercises in geometry.


Before using computers, architects employed only two visual formats in drawing the design of a building, the plan and the elevation. Neither view is truly apparent in the completed structure, and thus remain conceptual artworks hidden forever in architectural files.

Twentieth Century designers used this mathematical format throughout the development of modern design, displaying graphic beauty in the pure logic of geometry.

ArchiTech has assembled a collection of stunning elevation drawings from school homework assignments to Loop skyscraper designs that demonstrate the power of this archaic format in reducing a building to its elemental lines.

Rare works by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Bruce Goff and Alfonso Iannelli communicate how an architect thinks on paper and offer the collector a new way to appreciate the creation of a building.

"Beautiful Mathematics" opens on friday, May 16th and continues through saturday, June 14th, 2003.

Abel Faidy
Abel Faidy
Villa Dionysos and Estate: Elevation of South Façade
Pencil with chalk heightening on tracing paper, 1959
Drawing #6 from the set of 36

Abel Faidy
Abel Faidy
Villa Dionysos and Estate: (Detail of) Section 4 South - North (with figures)
Pencil with chalk heightening on tracing paper, 1959
Drawing #33 from the set of 36

 

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