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Hidden Codes in Architecture

By April 17, 2013

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Building codes can be fascinating. The Vitruvian Man, drawing by Leonardo da Vinci No, not those building codes you find at City Hall, but the hidden codes and symbols found in all architecture and design.

Since Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code hit the stores in April 2003, the world has been intrigued with Leonardo da Vinci, symbols, and the mathematics of design. Among his many accomplishments, da Vinci is known for transforming the ideas of Roman architect Vitruvius into one of the world's most famous drawings, The Vitruvian Man. The archetypal man da Vinci drew became a symbol for concepts of "spiritual geometry" and classical theories of proportion and design.

Yes, we know. The Da Vinci Code movie (and the book it's based on) is fiction, not fact. But author Dan Brown got one thing right: Religious and spiritual symbols have played a powerful role in human history, and artists and architects often incorporate sacred codes and patterns into their designs. Sound far-fetched? Consider the Griffin in Architecture and Design.

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