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The Architecture Of Da Vinci
Transcript of The Architecture Of Da Vinci
The Architect Contents: Inspiration Designs Drawings Ideal City THE IDEAL CITY Fun Fact: Did you know that Leonardo's canal system was tested and it was proved it actually worked! Lower Level:
The lower level of Da Vinci's ideal city
used canals to transport goods to the city.
Also the water in the canals provided power for the city.
The canals also worked as a sewage system when needed. The bridges over the canals on the upper level were supported by arches to spread the weight. The people at the bottom layer were usually workers and traders. The Upper Level:
The upper level was built for the people that lived in the city. The streets were 39 feet wide so people would not have to be so close.
For 2 storey buildings the lower levels of the building had pillars to support the 2nd layer. One of the reasons he made two layers is so the business didn't interfere with the people that lived in the city. The people in the upper level were richer than most. Leonardo thought the church was very important so he put it on the top level along with the gothic buildings. With the idea of a clean and healthy environment in mind, Leonardo Da Vinci decided to design a better city. The reason? The Black Death had just swept through Milan killing many people between 1484 and 1485. Leonardo believed that the problem was the narrow streets causing people to be in close contact, that spread the Bubonic Plague. Da Vinci drew a two tiered design. Designs Leonardo Da Vinci's architectural designs incorporated many of the same techniques. Some of the styles Da Vinci used in
his work include domes, spiral staircases,
and symmetry like in the picture below. Drawings Leonardo Da Vinci made many drawings, and all of them were very detailed. Leonardo drew most of his architectural designs for Ludovico Sforza, the Duke of Milan. But he was never officially an architect and none of his buildings were ever constructed during his lifetime. Domes In Leonardo's notebook there were drawings of buildings, tunnels, bridges, streets and even entire cityscapes. Inspiration Leonardo also studied nature for endless hours. His inspiration for almost all of his designs came from the natural world. For example the spiral staircase was made to resemble a snail's shell. Domes One of Leonardo Da Vinci favourite ideas that he incorporated into his designs were domes. He liked them because of his love of math and symmetry. Domes provided a great roof and they looked appealing. This was also important to Da Vinci because he wanted everything to be perfect. "Only let that which is good
looking be seen on the surface
of the city."
~Leonardo Da Vinci~ Leonardo got some ideas from Filippo Brunelleschi (1377-1446) and Leon Batista Alberti (1406-1472) Romarantin Palace Romarantin palace was designed in 1515 for King Francois I and was his last architectural design. The palace resembled his ideal city. It contained:
-A multi-level city center
-Underground traffic tunnels It was another of Da Vinci's designs that
were never built. Our City Ideas 1. Make 30% of our city green spaces to create oxygen and to relieve stress.
2. Build tall buildings to reduce overcrowding
3. Use only pure electric cars. No hybrids or gasoline cars to reduce pollution.
4. Encourage walking or biking to reduce pollution as well.
5. Have large subway systems to also reduce pollution. Romaratin Our Ideal City Websites
http://www.netplaces.com/leonardo-da vinci/archit ecture.htm
1. Da Vinci, Leonardo. Journal of Inventions. Silver Dolphin Books. 2008.
2. Zollner, Frank. Leonardo da Vinci The Graphic Work. Tarchen. Jmbh. 2011. Bibliography