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Zloković’s Understandings of Reciprocal Concatenation

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Abstract

In this paper, we present Milan Zloković’s theorisation of reciprocal concatenation and its application in his architectural design. For two decades architect Milan Zloković (1898–1965), one of the founders of Modern Movement in Yugoslavia, studied what he called “the science of proportions”. His findings have not received the attention they deserve. Here we analyse his research on proportional method of reciprocal concatenation through the ancient concept of analogy, the correlation among proportional systems, an ideal set of preferential numbers and the use of proportional dividers. Based on his theoretical views, we examined proportions in two of his buildings: the Elementary School in Jagodina (1937–1940) and the Teacher Training School in Prizren (1960). Finally, we show that Zloković combined reciprocal concatenation with various proportional systems, proving it to be a valuable tool for contemporary architectural design.

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Acknowledgements

The paper is a result of the research on the project Theory and Practice of Science in Society: Multidisciplinary, Educational and Intergenerational Perspectives (number 179048), financed by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development of Republic of Serbia. We also thank Mr Đorđe Mojović and the Milan Zloković Foundation permitting us to research the personal library of Milan Zloković. All translations of quotations from Zloković are by the authors.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Independent ResearcherLeicesterUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Institute for Multidisciplinary ResearchUniversity of BelgradeBelgradeSerbia

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