Mathematics in the City
When reading over my notes about Mathematics and architecture there was a definition that stood out to me; a consistent way of mapping the world.
When i think of mapping the world, i think of a grid. This grid pattern shows up in countless numbers of cities and is most definately a way we, as humans, connect our architecture with mathematics. In a grid system, the distance from one object to the another becomes a mathematical equation and is repeated numerous times to create this grid effect.
It's such an amazing effect to see that this is the way we view our world. It shows us our need for order, ease, and control, and also shows how mathematical our brains are. We've taken a landscape that is anything but mathematical, that is purely organic, and created a mathematical understanding of it. Is this the only way we can understand our designed environment? Who knows...maybe one day we'll have swirling lines of streets and elevations to create an intentional piece of artwork seen from above.