Posted by Paul Malo on September 29, 2002 at 06:09:43:
In Reply to: PROPORTION is a very imp factor of architecture...... its easy to visualise but difficult to put in words..... can anyone explain what exactly is it ! posted by pracks on September 29, 2002 at 01:10:12:
Why do some faces strike us instantly as beautiful or handsome, while others, having the same two eyes, center nose, and all, seem less attractive or even ugly? Proportions. But can we define exactly what makes one face seem more or less attractive?
It's a matter of relationships--not of the elements themselves. Take the nose of one person where it fits and put it on another and the result may be grotesque. Similarly, a ceiling eight feet high may be inviting in a cottage, when a room is only twelve feet wide. But expand that room to eighteen feet wide and the same ceiling seems oppresively low. Nothing wrong with eight-foot ceilings or eighteen-foot widths. It's all a matter of appropriate relationships.
General "rules" have evolved about satisfying relationships, but they derive merely from experience and association. There's nothing inherently good about the Golden Rectangle, for instance, or the Double Cube room--but because such models have been much used in the past, we are inclined to recognize them and identify them with what has been accepted as good.
The same might be said for taste in human appearance, which changes from time to time. Ruben's ideal woman would head for the spa today, wanting to shed fifty pounds.