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The Human Body is Architecture: How the Human Body Informs the Proportions in the Corinthian Order

Year: 2023

Presenter Name: Jayne Lee

As humans we want to be able to relate to our surroundings. Those interpersonal connections in architecture let us connect to the outside world. My goal is to find out what proportions in the Corinthian order relate to the human body and how I can implement those proportions in my future design projects. The human body and classical architecture are interconnected. Architects took the proportions of the human body and included them into the elements that created their buildings. The span of a column is based on the width of the human reach. The entablature proportions are based on the human face's proportions. The column height is based on the height of a human head. Each element is influenced by the thing we interact with most, ourselves. By researching this subject, a greater knowledge of why certain elements were designed to look a certain way, and a greater understanding of what the thought process was behind each of the classical elements in the Corinthian order is developed. In order to show these findings in a creative and understandable way, I will be creating an analytique showing these proportions compared to the Corinthian order.
University / Institution: Utah Valley University
Type: Poster
Format: In Person
Presentation #A13
SESSION A (9:00-10:30AM)
Area of Research: Architecture
Faculty Mentor: Brandon Ro