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Chapter 5: Proportions of a Room
In the disciplines of art and design, proportion is concerned with one of the fundamental characteristics of shape: the aspect ratio of width to length. Significantly, the qualification of the proportion of a shape does not concern itself with dimensions. When designers speak of the proportions of a shape, they are usually discussing the relative width and length of a rectangle, but they can also address the proportion of an oval or even complex and irregular forms such as the proportions of a kidneyshaped swimming pool.
Most typically, proportions are considered when making design decisions about a series of related elements. For example, the designer should consider the proportion of the wall space between windows as well as the proportion of the windows themselves when designing an interior elevation. The relative proportion of the shape of the wall and the shape of the window can be construed as a more complex proportional relationship. Proportion is considered in two dimensions in drawing and painting and when composing a plan or an elevation.
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