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Posted by  d on September 18, 2002 at 12:25:51:

Sometime back BRUTUS posted an intriguing mentiom of the "oblique" as he called it, in architecture.There were no followups; and yet, I ( as a graphic design type) believe the experience of the "diagonal" line is a profound subject, with roots in geometry (both Euclidean and non-), in neurophysiology, and in philosophy...
I hope to attempt a "paper" on the subject someday- in the meantime- does anyone have a thought about the following paradox:

Diagonal forms, which since prehistory have symbolised a 'strengthened" joint " (viz, struts, braces,) should be attractive as evidence of stability and integrity in structures; and yet, as architecture has progessed, particularly in the past century, the use of diagonals has steadily diminished, to the point that, where they perforce must exist, they are hidden, condensed, or supressed...

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