Geometry in Architecture

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Can you find Geometric Shapes in Buildings and Structures?

 Geometry within a Bridge

In this example, six basic elements of geometry (point, segment, ray, line, angle, and triangle) have been identified within the bridge.

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Take a picture of any room, building, house, or structure in your neighborhood and use different colored markers to highlight the shapes within. You can also cut out the picture from an architectural magazine, such as Architectural Digest or House and Garden. Scan a picture from an architectural magazine into a drawing document and use different colored lines (from the line tool) to highlight the shapes within. Please send your completed drawings to the Math-Kitecture website!
Find a picture or postcard of a famous building or skyscraper (like the Parthenon of ancient Greece) and discover the three-dimensional shapes within. Copy an architectural picture from the Internet into a drawing document. To do this, right-click with the mouse button (Windows) or control-click with the mouse button (Macintosh) on the picture until a menu appears. Slide the mouse to the "Copy this Picture" option. Release the mouse button. Then start a new drawing document and go to Edit-> Paste.

How many shapes can you find in Tweed Courthouse (NYC Department of Education)?

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How many three-dimensional shapes (cube, tetrahedron, cylinder, etc.) can you find in this computer graphic of the Parthenon? Can you find the "Golden Rectangles" within?

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The above thumbnail picture is an example of architecture that has many geometric shapes within it.

You will need an Apple QuickTime plug-in installed in your web browser to view the 3-D movie, at right. Windows users may need the Quicktime ActiveX control installed.

To see additional 3-D panoramas, click here.


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