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Webinar: Beauty Memory Unity: A Theory of Proportion in Architecture

Webinar: Beauty Memory Unity: A Theory of Proportion in Architecture
Wednesday, September 30, 2020 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm

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Steve Bass, Instructor

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 of application: the 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 the intentional ugliness of modernism. To purchase a copy of Bass’ book, Beauty Memory Unity: A Theory of Proportion in Architecture, please visit Amazon.com

Steve Bass is an architect in practice since 1974. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Pratt Institute, 1970; a Master of Arts from the Royal College of Art, London, 1991, where he studied under the direction of Dr. Keith Critchlow; and was a participant in the initial Prince of Wales’s Summer Course in Architecture, 1990. Steve 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.

Webinar on Zoom.  A link to join the webinar will be sent prior to the webinar.

If you have any questions about this class, please email info@classicist-socal.org.



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