Task 4 (Concept)
Precision, Transparency, Detail
The Concept of ‘Clarity‘ is not only reflected in the detailed, clear Illustrations and descriptions in the Text, but also by the actual intention Batty Langley had with writing this Book.
He wished to make the artform of architecture more accessible and clearer to the ‘simple workman and builder’.
In the Text it is clear, that Langley lays great value upon the five orders as he dedicates 14 full pages solely to describing, in much detail, the correct ways to proportion the different columns.
He continues to then describe the correct distance between columns in specific scenarios and then continues in extreme detail how certain elements like doors, windows, and niches are to be proportioned and placed.
Batty describes very distinct rules that must be followed with precision to create successful architecture.
During the Text portion of the book, there are always references with numbers to the plates/illustrations at the end of the book.
These are also depicted in a very precise and clear manner with everything neatly labeled and where necessary competed with measurements. All illustrations also show off extreme attention to little details such as the pattern on windowsills and the tiniest folds in the cloth of a statue.
The book as a whole has a very transparent set-up and layout with precise, detailed explanations and illustrations which help it succeed in its intention of bringing readers clarity about the basics of architecture at that time.