The Dynamics of Architectural Form

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University of California Press, 1977 - 289 Seiten
The power of the visual effects exerted by architecture, in our own time and in the past, has been largely neglected in recent discussion, with its focus on practical utility and other economic and social factors. Such an account of the human needs met by architecture remains sadly incomplete unless the expressive visual qualities of buildings are recognized as among their foremost effects.

A fresh approach is overdue—an attempt to analyze these psychological qualities with the principles of visual perception. Such an attempt is made in this new volume by Rudolf Arnheim, who has been known, since the publication of his Art and Visual Perception, as an authority on the psychological interpretation of the visual arts. As he now turns his experienced eye to the visual aspects of buildings, he amplifies his theories with new features specific to the medium of the architect. Arnheim explores the unexpected perceptual consequences of architecture with his customary clarity and precision. Of particular interest is his thorough analysis of order and disorder in design, the nature of visual symbolism, and the relations between practical function and perceptual expression.

Arheim's ability to deal with theoretical principles in a concrete and easily accessible way assures him the attention of the general reader whose concern with the arts leads to the aesthetic and psychological aspects of the broader environment. At the same time, Arnheim's strikingly original approach will stimulate professionals and students concerned with the theory and practice of modern and historical architecture.
 

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Inhalt

Introduction
1
space
25
Asymmetrical space 32 Vision takes to the upright 35 Piercing
64
Buildings in context 67 Boundless ground 68 The interplay
94
AS IT LOOKS AND AS IT IS
110
Perceiving a solid 110 Perspective deformations 112 The thread
134
MOBILITY
144
ORDER AND DISORDER
162
Contradiction is a flaw 162 The constraints of order 164 Three
201
Visual labels 206 Symbolism 207 Inherent expression 210 The artifact
242
Ornament and beyond 248 Expression from dynamics 252 Function
272
Index
285
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Rudolf Arnheim is Professor Emeritus of the Psychology of Art at Harvard University. For many years he was a member of the Psychology Faculty at Sarah Lawrence College, and he spent his last ten academic years at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where he now lives.

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