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Reading this book, since the beginning you can understand that Alberti is a intellectual man and architect, starting from his many references in architecture field and further going to detailed though very simplified either intentionally or as the time required descriptions of elements he thought were important.
Though sometimes the text seemed to go off topic it is seen in all chapters what he has tried to explain from the principles of architecture to building correctly. A large interest for him seems to be the climate; air, wind, sun and water. Although he goes to an extreme some of his points can be taken in consideration such as the air is heavier and grossier in places of very high temperatures, another point in which he alleges that all naturalists confirm is that North is better for health.
There is one region which he openly disagrees with choosing; between two hills. Water is a known enemy of any building but it can also corupt the human body so the region should have healthy water nearby, be a place that has sunshine and just a little rain etc. A weird parallelism is drawn on the fifth chapter betwen animals, buildings,trees and humans. The main point he wishes to make is that you can predict to a point how life wil be on a region by seeing th surroundings, which is true, as we can see now to a pont when a place has humidity from the walls.
Though the wind is incredibly important in decision making from the temperatures it brings, the strength it carries, the direction it has etc. I think Alberti went a BIT oo far when mking them as a cause for erthquakes, as if a wind reaches that level of strenth it would be more accurate to call it a tornado and thus take other things in consideration. He gets a little in the basics of aesthetics yet not leaving function by mentioning the lines and angles and how they can be used efficiently and gracefully, in variation but proportionally.
To keep it short, he also mentions how for strength, stability etc. Since all points that he mentions are of equal importance, I briefly described what he mentioned in the sentence before, though if the reader would like to know more he can read chapter 8,book 1.
As each member is nonexchangeable nor extra, the compartisions should have the same principle. Nature should be taken in consideration when creating them on how it will affect them and even be an inspiration to them.
The preference of columns is evident even in Alberti, a point which makes him much closer to Vitruvius on whom he got the inspiration on writing this book comprised of 10 books. Even the known orders he says are not to be considered solidifying but as muses in creating our own models.
He goes on to explain how the proportions of the column should be to the ground and to the walls. On the function aspect, on the usefulness of the building, the covering is the main part. Covering over our heads he calls roofs, and those below our feet he calls areas.
All coverings must answer in lines and angles to the form and shape of the platform and wall which they are to cover. The usefulness of the covers is expressed in relation to the protection from the winds, the sun and the rain. He explains how the roofs should be steeper in places it snows to let the snow slide, and always to a degree of steepness so as not to collect the water. There should be no room without a window he says.
As for the doors, they should always be more high than broad and preferably be put where they can create as many access points between the edifice.
On the spaces between columns, the apertures differ when the columns are frequent from when they stand thin, on the first we lay an architrave and over the other we lay an arch. On the topic of stairs he talks of them briefly because of their complex nature since they are in contact with three apertures which are the door, window and opening in the ceiling.
There are two staircases that he mentions. To conclude, we get a brief welcoming on the parts that constitute the building, their functions, their properties and their differences. The reading goes smoothly as the author uses easy-to-understand vocabulary, and uses many examples and descriptions to get his point through. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Google account. You are commenting using your Twitter account.
You are commenting using your Facebook account. Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email. Skip to content Reading this book, since the beginning you can understand that Alberti is a intellectual man and architect, starting from his many references in architecture field and further going to detailed though very simplified either intentionally or as the time required descriptions of elements he thought were important. The apertures have 2 main functions: admission of light and air windows entrance and passage doors, spaces between columns, stairs There should be no room without a window he says.
There are two staircases that he mentions the stair with no steps and a sloping scent the one which is mounted by steps. Share this: Twitter Facebook. Like this: Like Loading Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:.