The meter was arbitrarily defined in 1875 as the ten-millionth part of a quarter of the meridian, which was then measured by foot and astronomical instruments along the line Dunkirk-Barcelona.

This course challenges the origin and significance of the units of measure commonly used by architects and other conventional modes of representation.

In order to understand the relationship between the body, geometry and architecture, we look at feet and inches, we measure bodies and draw 2D metric patterns from the measurements. We define a datum, point zero of departure of our spatial experience and complete the representations with bespoke annotations — Drawings containing precise instructions for making, worthy of any true pataphysicist.*

*Pataphysics, as defined by Alfred Jarry, is ‘the Science of Imaginary Solutions.’

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