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Arts, Volume 7, Issue 3 (September 2018)
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Cover Story (view full-size image) In 10th-century Córdoba, mathematics—and geometry in particular—was applied to the design of [...] Read more. In 10th-century Córdoba, mathematics—and geometry in particular—was applied to the design of architecture in innovative ways to organize ground plans and elevations, as a way to measure the human field of view, and as a means of decoration. Based in part on my own research at Madinat al-Zahra, I attempt to trace this “mathematical turn” in architectural design back to a specific, novel concept of space, a concept that pointed the way towards new possibilities of designing architecture, possibilities which were to be tested further in Gothic and Renaissance architecture. View this paper