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The Golden Section

The golden section is a devising proportions method developed by Greek architects and sculptors. In cartography, this method is used to divide the map space in order to arrange the map elements in harmonious proportions. Golden section rule:

  • The proportion of the smaller to the larger unit has to be the same as that of the larger unit to the entirety
  • That proportion has to be equal to 1.618
  • The golden section method can be duplicated any number of times

That harmony, considered as perfect by many people, can be found in various artistic fields: in the Kheops pyramid, in the "Modulor" from Lecorbusier, in the "Venus birth" form Botticelli,etc.

How to apply the golden section intuitive method to your map:

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