My report about the text : ‘Regulating Lines’ (Arch 121)



“An inevitable element of Architecture.The necessity for order. The regulating line is a guarantee against wilfulness. It brings satisfaction to the understanding. The regulating lines is a means to an end; it is not a recipe. Its choice and the modalities of expression given to it are an integral part of architectural creation.” 

                                                                                             Towards a New Architecture- Le Corbusier

      Regulating lines, starting at significant areas of the main volumes, could be used to rationalize the placement of features in buildings.At the beginning  primitive man has regulated his environment and has chosen things which is suitable for him  survive and then he found and produced some equipments himself. He made tent and regulated according to some qualities and this process developed in time. For instance Greeks, Egyptions, Michelangelo and others always used regulating lines because regulating lines provide strong and excellent structure.

Regulating line is based on measurement.The reason why using measurement and geometric shapes are that they gives tangible results and can perceive easily. If they are not, everything becomes arbitrary and illogical. In this reading i liked a quotation” With your regulating lines you kill imagination, you make a god of a recipe.Some people believe that using regulating lines do not improve anything also you lose your quality of imagination, but i don’t think like that. In my humble opinion,  regulating lines just contribute and provide harmonic unity of color and  it provides mathematical results as tangible.

We can see harmony of geometrical shapes in the most of the famous construction in history. Proportion , harmony between structures obtain through geometric shapes and with them we perceive beauty of construction. On the other hand, purpose of regulating lines satisfy and guarantee construction which made with pleasure.


                ( Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris)

We can see a example of using harmony of geometric shapes and regulating lines.The determinant surface of the Cathedral is based on the square and the circle.

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