Architecture

illustration of the earth with a great circle arc connecting the north pole to the equator, passing through Paris. This is labeled with 10,000 km distance, by definition.

The Metre

The metre (spelled meter in United States) was introduced by the First French Republic in 1799. It was originally defined to be one ten millionth of the distance (10,000 km) between the North Pole and the Equator through Paris. Since then the metre has been defined variously as the length… Read More »The Metre

Location, Location, Location

It has long been known that the three most important factors determining real estate value are: location, location, location. I notice that this aphorism is true not only for residential and commercial properties, but also somewhat unexpectedly for sites having great symbolic and/or spiritual significance. My research reveals a previously… Read More »Location, Location, Location

Hidden Universal Symmetry

For millennia philosophers, mathematicians, architects, artists and mystics have been interested in the divine proportion, but its understanding has been highly fragmented. My recent work attempts to show how the divine proportion is a hidden universal symmetry worthy of comprehensive study and understanding. Euclid’s book Elements (300 BCE) contains the… Read More »Hidden Universal Symmetry

Macrocosmic Harmony

The best temples serve as bridges between human scale and the macrocosm. When Beverly Spicer sent me the following image, something clicked and I understood the human body, the Sphinx and the Pyramids in a new way. I’m not sure which book this black-and-white geometric analysis of Pharaoh Rameses II… Read More »Macrocosmic Harmony

Tower of Light

Africa’s tallest tower is in the works, with groundbreaking to occur in summer 2015 and completion scheduled for June 2018. The project’s working title is the “Al-Noor Tower” (Tower of Light in Arabic), but is expected to eventually be named after Morocco’s King Mohammed VI (source). King Mohammed VI of… Read More »Tower of Light