The full title of the book is “resolution des quatre principeaux problèmes d’achitecture” from Francois Blondes.
In my opinion the book is for all people involved in architecture, as it points out the obvious problems of architecture, which are also today known.
List of contents:
The book is divided in such a way that it explains the 4 problems. The first problem is the geometric definition of the curved profile of columns. It is nourished by 5 articulated discourses. The second problem is the course of oblique arches. This one is also divided in discourses and these in turn into so-called “observations” and “hypotheses”, where they are justified more throughly. The third problem is the head joints of all strong seeing arches and the forth is the determination of the cross-section of a beam for resistance. All the problems are divided again and again to make everything clearer to the reader.
Geometric shapes and sketches are shown at the end of the book. I’m not sure if these reflect the content of the book.
The book is 56x39x2.8 in size. It is not very wide, but very high. It has a lot of content and the size may symbolize the many problems that exist in architecture (?).
Francois Blondel was an French architect who lived from 1618-1686. He was a teacher and director at the Academie, where he had the task to develop the rules and norms of architectural theory.
In the first problem he talked about M. Corbel and after research I found out that Blonde’s intellectual profile changed a lot and influenced him a lot in his career.
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