Introduction

  • Carl Bovill
Part of the Design Science Collection book series (DSC)

Abstract

Symmetry has long been an important design tool in architecture and design. The simplest symmetry is bilateral symmetry in which one side of a composition is a mirror image of the other. Symmetry develops into rhythm when entities are replicated along a line or rotated around a point. It is not surprising that symmetry has played such an important role in design. Many designs in nature have bilateral symmetry, like the human body, and rhythmic repetitions, like fingers. Even our mental constructs such as good and evil, up and down, and in and out, are symmetrical. Designers, representing the world in their work, are naturally drawn to symmetry and rhythm.

Keywords

Bark 

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Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • Carl Bovill
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  1. 1.School of ArchitectureUniversity of MarylandUSA

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