Exploring Geometry in Architectural Design Around New York City

Students in Algebra 1 took a field trip to explore the different ways we see mathematics in our lives. The class visited the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in Morningside Heights, where they embarked upon an Architecture and Geometry tour investigating the architectural styles used to build the world’s largest cathedral and exploring the architectural design process and its relationship with geometry. Students also worked in groups in the Medieval Architecture Workshop building a structure that employed balance, rhythm, proportion, scale, and a strong foundation using a variety of materials.