Date & Time
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Architect Steve Bass presents a view of the proportional idea based in the ancient philosophical systems of Pythagoras, Plato and later Neo-Platonists. In this view number and geometry, the substance of proportion, are endowed with qualitative, harmonic, life-like properties.
These ideas are then linked to numerical and geometrical methods used to describe the elements of classical architecture in reference literature such as Vitruvius, Vignola and Palladio. A central theme is the philosophical nature of beauty as a form of the good, beauty’s relation to proportion and its significance in classical art.
Such a view of beauty not only fully justifies the study of the classical elements today but could even provide a pathway out of the alienation, anxiety and intentional ugliness of modernism.
An Evening Workshop
Friday, June 19, 2020, 7:30 – 9:30 pm
Members $30/ Nonmembers $40
New York Open Center
Steve Bass is currently a Fellow of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art in New York City where he teaches on the theme of proportion and geometry in design. His most recent book is Beauty, Memory and Unity.