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Circle: God is a circle whose center is everywhere but whose circumference is nowhere. Circle means perfection- cyclicity- superiority of the divinity- but also instability and movement. In nature soap bubbles are spherical and internal trees rings are circular; the legend tells that Giotto drew a perfect O- while perfection is tangible on Michelangelos Tondo Doni and Botticellis Vergine col Bambino. King Arthurs knights were pairs around a round table- and nowadays people sit in circle to make a decision or watch a show. Bruno Munari selects and describes in this little- extraordinary encyclopedia- several uses of this fascinating and mysterious form- unstable and hieratic at the same time. Square: Square has much importance in mans life: a lot of churches- monuments- games (like chess)- and fonts are square-based. But man seems not to realise it...one more time Bruno Munari amazes us with an historical- anthropological- scientific square book.Triangle: From the vegetable structure of the coconut to the diagram of human settlements by Le Corbusier- one can frequently find the shape of the equilateral triangle in many different occurrences- both in a natural environment and in artificial works. Along with the circle and the square- the equilateral triangle is one of the three basic forms- and is suitable to be combined in modular frameworks to generate a structured field in which endless other combinatorial forms may be constructed. From classical Arab and Japanese decorations to the contemporary architecture of Buckminster Fuller and Wright- the familiarity with th... Please click here to ask a question
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