Structure As Ornament

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Ornament, in architecture, any element added to an otherwise merely structural form, usually for purposes of decoration or embellishment. … Decorative motifs derived from earlier structural and symbolic forms are innumerable and universal.

The relationship between structure and ornament is a critical theme of architecture in the Western tradition. How is the relationship portrayed in the Renaissance (by Alberti) and in the Rococo. (generally)? In what ways can we describe the relationship (in both instances) as problematic? Use buildings and interiors from …

This research began by considering that, although architecture and architectural culture of the last two decades seem to have rediscovered ornament and some recent studies have reconsidered the ornamental issues of contemporary buildings, there is currently some difficulty in providing a synthetic …

“Decoration… is suited to simple races, peasants and savages,” argued Le Corbusier in his 1923 publication, Vers Une Architecture. He continued, “Harmony and proportion incite the intellectual faculties and arrest the man of culture.” Le Corbusier was not the first to believe that ornament hindered societal development.

In architectural writings from about 1830 to the present a great many buildings are consistently described as divided between structures that represent one period style and ornament another. Why are Romantic historicists, early twentieth-century formalists, and contemporary contextualists all in agreement …

creating, and communicating, one comes across ornament in every field of design, from little objects to urban planning. Discussions especially on architectural ornament has been popular in every age. Since the time of. Vitruvius who set the stage for conceptual discussion of architecture, ornament, due to its social and …

With Seagram we have a structural element used as ornament, divorced from any meaningful structural role. … The inside of CCTV is all about the structure (as it has to be) yet the outside is all about the expression of a structure.

The first, which is defined as “ornamental construction,” involved the creation of an aesthetically pleasing composition by adapting the structural form of a building itself. He then referred to “ornamented construction.” … Fergusson distinguished between “constructive” and “decorative” ornament.

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