understanding and using the modulor
i am a student of architecture and have been interested in understanding the priciples of the modulor and how they can be applied in buildings.
how exactly does is work ??? how does one use it ?
if any one could explain or give me any references....
Rupangi Khosla
understanding and using the modulor
Rupangi, Le Corbusier, the inventor of the Modulor system of measurement, describes its use in his book "Modulor".

What you may not know is that Corbusier invented this system because he was not happy with the totally inflexible nature of the Metric system and therefore his Modulor reintroduces the principle of variability for use within the Metric system.

Ironically, Corbusier did not need to invent his Modulor system, because such flexibility is inbuilt naturally within the British Imperial system of measurement (aka yards, feet, inches).
Frank John Snelling
understanding and using the modulor
Rupangi, A postcript to my post above: Le Corbusier`s book is called "Le Modulor" and the english language text is published by Faber and Faber.
Frank John Snelling
understanding and using the modulor

There is a fantastic book called "Le Corbusier and the Concept of the Self" by Simon Richards. There is a brief section, I believe, on the Modulor and why Corbu developed it. Perhaps you can find some answers there? Also, know that the Modulor is an extraction of the Golden Section based on the dimensions of a 6 foot tall man. I hope this helps!
Cathryn Garcia-Menocal
understanding and using the modulor
Cathryn, Interesting, although "The Golden Section" is an early example of a fractal as well as the fascination that surrounds fractals and the same fascination surrounds the idea that abstract numbers equal perfection.

However, given that humans both vary in height and over the centuaries have increased in height means that the human perception of so-called perfect dimensions is not an absolute static and must always vary according to the height of the eyes from ground level.

And this quality of variability is the paradox whereby the measuring device [in this case human perception] affects the measurement of whatever is measured.
Frank John Snelling


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