One of the most fundamental assumptions of modern architectural practice is that all spatial relationships on a building are mathematically definable and can be systematically described by means of two-dimensional representations generated using procedures based on quantification. It is this assumption that makes three-dimensional computer modeling possible. In Leon Battista Alberti, Mental Rotation, and the Origins of Three-Dimensional Computer Modeling, Branko Mitrović analyzes the historical origins of this approach to visual communication about architectural works and its first explicit articulation in the work of Leon Battista Alberti.

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