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Leonardo da Vinci - Architect


Leonardo da Vinci - Architect
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 6 to 8
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   9.09

     challenging words:    chateaus, treatise, widely, generation, imaginative, lifetime, traditional, textbook, spiral, design, efficient, logical, classical, bridges, works, importance

Leonardo da Vinci - Architect
By Sharon Fabian

1     Leonardo da Vinci was an artist who painted some of the most beautiful paintings of all times. He was also a man of science who took a logical approach to solving practical problems. These two sides of Leonardo da Vinci came together in his architectural drawings.
2     He drew designs for buildings, bridges, and even whole cities.
3     His drawings give us an idea of the workings of a building, not just its outward appearance. His designs for buildings include magnificent castles, cathedrals, and chateaus. His sketches include details about important architectural elements like doors, windows, staircases, and walkways. Some of them even include out-of-the-ordinary features like a four-way staircase and a spiral staircase.
4     Leonardo also drew designs for whole cities. His designs built on the ideas of earlier city planners who designed their cities in geometric shapes and then surrounded them with a wall.
5     Leonardo saw the drawbacks of this type of design. In a traditional walled city, everyone and everything was enclosed within the city walls. Everyone was in close quarters, and that led to problems. Diseases spread quickly with everyone and everything so close together. The buildup of trash and garbage was another problem resulting from the crowded conditions. A third problem may have been that, living close together all the time, people would often get into fights. Leonardo addressed these problems with his new ideas for city design.

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