Mathematics, a technical science, plays an integral role in architectural design. The use of mathematics is applied both artistically and practically in creating a design solution.
The function of mathematics as an element of architectural design is two-fold.
The first function serves as the economic factors relative to a proposed design solution. This function uses the proposed size (floor area and heights), material elements and developmental requirements. These items are combined with mathematical formulae to create a budget for the construction as well as for future operations and maintenance costs.
The second function serves as a principal component of the design rationale. The size, proportion and area distribution of the design spaces are mathematically derived based on the theory of relationships.
· Building and Area calculations: The use of math in everyday practice covering areas such as programmatic planning, area calculations, building estimating, and project development;
· Proportional geometry: explanation of the process used to derive proportional relationships in building design. Analysis of Vitruvius relating to the design/planning for public buildings as a mathematical construct. Review of the Golden Section (Golden Means) and applications in architectural design.
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