Precedent Study, Jefferson’s Quad at UVA

This semester, we will be focusing on the application of buildings in a campus setting.  I have been working with a partner from my class analyzing the Quad (or Lawn) at the University of Virginia.  It was designed by Thomas Jefferson, using classical proportions taken from the work of the architect Andrea Palladio.  The ratios were called by Jefferson the “extreme and mean” proportions, and were one to root two, one to theta (1.61… the golden mean), and one to root three.

These sheets were first drafted out with pencil on vellum, and then scanned into the computer.  Editing work was done first in Photoshop and then Illustrator, and then we designed the sheets in InDesign.

Here are the sheets of analysis that we are pinning up for a presentation tomorrow:

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