Nexus Network Journal

, Volume 2, Issue 1–2, pp 75–82 | Cite as

Under Siege: The Golden Mean in Architecture

  • Michael J. Ostwald
Research Articles


Michael Ostwald briefly describes the Golden Mean and its history before examining the stance taken by a number of recent authors investigating the Golden Mean in architecture. He addresses the theories of Husserl, Derrida and Ingraham, who separately affirm that tacit assumptions about the relationship between geometric forms and other forms – say geometry and architecture – must be constantly questioned if they are to retain any validity.


Michael Ostwald golden mean golden section Edmund Husserl Jacques Derrida Fibonacci sequence Heinrich Wölfflin Rudolf Wittkower architectural design theory Marco Frascari Livio Volpi Ghirardini 

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© Birkhäuser Verlag, Basel 2000

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Architecture, Faculty of Architecture, Building and DesignUniversity of NewcastleCallaghanAustralia

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