Shelter Island Master Plan: Perfection Inspired Master Planning
Iwen, Benjamin P.
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It’s hard to say how a great designer achieves the perfect design, but it seems we all can recognize these perfect designs when we see them. What separates these great designs from the rest? What procedures in the designing process have brought about these perfect designs? There must be a certain balance and harmony to these design that draws us to these conclusions? I plan on studying these relationships to find out what makes and how to make the perfect design through the study of Greek Architecture. In Greek architecture there was a highly structured system of proportions that related each individual component to the whole building. The Greeks took architecture to a higher level when they built impressive symbols of their society, culture, and temples to their gods. They were influenced by mathematics and used it to create beauty and balance in their design. Many lessons can be learned through the study of Greek architecture and their search for perfection that can be used in the design of Shelter Island. These systems of mathematical proportions can be applied to planning and site detailing to achieve a harmonious Landscape Architectural design. The overall underlying premise of this project is that the principals of ancient Greek architecture can be applied today to yield Landscape Architecture of the highest order.