EDUCATION - Historic Building Geometry

In 1998 I gave two lectures on Geometrical Building Design at Lincoln Cathedral on the annual Maths and Technology Day for children from Lincoln schools. After the 75 strong morning and afternoon groups I asked the children if any of them had experienced geometry of this kind before. One hand was raised. When asked where and when, the boy replied that his mother was Italian and he had been taught geometry as a design system when he attended school in Italy. 

By contrast, when my ten year old grand-daughter read one of my papers and asked if she could show it to her geometry teacher, the teacher said she was unaware of and couldn’t teach that type of geometry. Sadly, this is quite common and, though the calculation of Euclidian angles and Pythagoras’ theorem are taught, the potential of geometry as a spatial design language is generally absent from the UK curriculum. 

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