Proportions and Human Scale in Damascene Courtyard Houses
journal article
Interior designers, architects, landscape architects, and even urban designers, agree that environment, as a form of non-verbal communication means, has a symbolic dimension to it. As for its aesthetic dimension, it seems that beauty is related to a certain proportion, partially and as a whole. Suitable proportion leaves a good impression upon the beholders, especially when it matches human proportion. That in fact was the underlining belief of Le Corbusier, according to which he developed his Modular concept.

The study searches for a modular, or proportion, system that governs the design of Damascene traditional house. By geometrical and mathematical examinations of 28 traditional houses, it was found that a certain proportional relationship existed; however, these proportional relationships were not fixed ones. The study relied on analyzing the Iwan elevation as well as the inner courtyard proportion in relation to the building area. Charts, diagrams and tables were produced to summarize the results.
Ferwati, M. Salim, and Mandour, M. Alaa. "Proportions and Human Scale in Damascene Courtyard Houses," in ArchNet-IJAR: International Journal of Architectural Research, vol. 2, issue 1 (2008).
Parent Publications
M. Salim Ferwati and M. Alaa Mandour
architectural design
building analysis and assessment
historical architecture
Islamic architecture