Making Geometry

Exploring Three-Dimensional Forms

Jon Allen

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  • A practical book on understanding and creating three-dimentional shapes
  • Step-by-step instructions to construct three-dimentional models of all the Platonic and Archimedian solids
  • A source of practical guidance for beginners and experienced artists and designers alike

Teaches professionals how to make three-dimensional models of all the Platonic and Archimedian solids in step-by-step instructions.

229 x 210 mm
Floris Books
Art & Literature; Steiner-Waldorf Education
144 colour photographs, 120 b/w drawings
136 pages
Publication date:
26 Jul 2012


Following on from his successful Drawing Geometry, Jon Allen explores the creation of the many-sided three-dimensional forms known as the Platonic and Archimedean solids. Based on patterns of equally spaced points on a sphere, these polyhedra have been the fundamentals of geometric exploration for millennia.

Many professionals find they need to be able to build three-dimensional shapes accurately, and understand the principles behind them. This unique book shows them how to make models of all the Platonic and Archimedean solids, as well as several other polyhedra and stellated forms. It provides step-by-step instructions for constructing the three-dimensional forms, as well as showing how to draw out accurately the geometry of the paperfold nets.

Beginners and experienced artists and designers alike will find this book a source of practical guidance, as well as delight and inspiration which will amply repay the careful attention needed to construct the models.


"This beautifully presented practical instructions on how to make the five Platonic regular solids and thirteen semi-regular Archimedean solids."
--David Heaf, Science Group of the Anthroposophical Society in Great Britain

'The instructions and illustrations are very clear and could be used in the classroom.'
-- Network Review


Jon Allen is a practising architect who worked closely with Keith Critchlow, a world authority on geometry, for twenty years. He has a particular interest in the application of geometry to architectural design. He lives in London, and teaches geometry workshops in the UK and US. His book Drawing Geometry was published by Floris Books in 2007.


Jon Allen has another book about drawing two-dimensional shapes that you might be interested in:
Drawing Geometry by Jon Allen

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