Welcome to the Fall 2012 project section of ARCH531 (Architectural Intentions from Vitruvius to the Renaissance), a lecture course taught by Prof. Alberto Perez-Gomez at McGill University, School of Architecture, with this project segment conceived and taught by me.

The project theme for this term was de natura instrumentorum, or the nature of instruments, and we explored the status of instruments and machines from antiquity through to the Renaissance. In Exercise 1, early forms of computing (e.g. paper machines or volvelles, astrolabes) were investigated, and Exercise 2 involved replicating the map of Rome as well as the ‘horizon’ instrument invented by Leon Battista Alberti (1404-1472). In exercise 3 new machines or contrivances were created, taking as their base material covered in the course lectures.

Please click on the links above to see the project and exercise descriptions.

Yelda Nasifoglu, project instructor for Fall 2012


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