Architecture and Human Scale

Ancient cities and civilizations are fascinating to me. What we humans have created are structures that always seem grand and beyond the imaged scale of ancient cultures. IMG13 From the Great Wall of China, the Pyramids of Egypt, the ancient African city of Zimbabwe, Inca and Mayan temples of the Americas and countless other ruins in England, India, and Asia show us the tremendous labours of the ancients.

Architecture for the most part reflects our interpretation of nature. The columns of the Acropolis are the Greek representation of the towering trees of ancient forests that were lacking in the peninsula.



The roman arch is a reflection of the primitive caves that prehistoric human used as dwellings. Pyramids are mountain substitutes for civilizations, tall outposts that can be used as observation points. All are artifacts to represent the glory of the society.

In the pacific, Easter Island artifacts became sculptures of human forms larger than any human. Some believe that this civilization used up all their resources to make these stoic busts and caused the demise of the island culture.

While ancient ruins are incredible, I am more intrigued at two civilizations that seem to have left no permanent structures. In Australia there is evidence that the aboriginals lived there for over 60,000 years. Yet, there are no ancient structures, pyramids, or city dwellings. The other similar civilization to have left no permanent markings on the land in which they live is the American native cultures of Northern Canada. While it can be argued that the “Inukshuk” used by the Inuit were permanent structures, for most the part from the Arctic Circle to the Great Lakes the First Nations of Canada had little to no permanent.