I started by rereading my argumentation from last task and looking for words from which I thought, are more or less representative for the whole book. These were construction guide, measurement of constructions, calculation of constructions, roof structures, geometry und architecture handbook. I tried the Xenotheka, the Alberti and Vituvius as well as the architecture library in the „Alice’s brain“ section. As a topic of conversation I used different expressions such as „architecture“ and „construction“.
There is a lot to be found about measurements in general, so I decided to take a work of a similar time, Albertis book on sculptures. Even if the topic of the two works is not matching in most points, they both struggled with the same problem; proportion and measurements. Alberti also thought a lot about perception and perspective. Both works were written in the Renaissance, which represented a return to antiquity. At that time, the human body was often used to indicate length. That’s why I found the comparison with sculptural proportions appropriate for that time.
Pierre Bullet often spoke of roofs. It wasn’t easy to find something suitable here. At first I wanted to find an ancient source for this as well, but apparently this was rarely dealt with. Then I found Elements of Architecture by Rem Koolhaas in the Xenotheka library. Although it is a modern book, it used a lot of old illustrations. Not only illustrations, it also deals with ideas from times past. I see it as a kind of continuation of l’architekture practique, as it is the further development of many ideas and roof shapes from it. But it also adds some new ideas. Solutions for roofs previously thought impossible. Of course, also using materials that were unknown at the time or still far too expensive for the construction.