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From One Curve To Another Or The Problem Of Changing Coordinates In Stereotomic Layouts

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The sloping vault poses greater representation problems, due to the choice of reference system, and allows one to grasp the methods authors use to approach a mortarless piece of architecture, if indeed they use a method. Philibert de l’Orme is one of the most famous French architects, for both his built and written opus, as well as his influence on the history of architecture. While Philibert de l’Orme or Desargues have, for various reasons, remained famous, Mathurin Jousse (16071650), master mason of La Flèche, is today quite unknown. The 1640s were particularly fruitful for French treatises on stereotomy since the publications of Desargues, Jousse, Derand and Bosse are quasi contemporary. The point of the blueprints is to provide the layout necessary for the construction of a vault against a wall.

Keywords: Derand; Desargues; Jousse; Philibert de l’Orme; stereotomic layouts



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