March 2018


«Architecton: proceedings of higher education» № 46 June 2014

Theory of architecture

Vlasov Victor G.

DSc (Art Studies), Professor, Chair of History of West European Art,
Saint-Petersburg State University,
Saint-Petersburg, Russia, e-mail: natlukina@list.ru


The article presents a concept of commonality between form generation laws in classical architecture and modern design. The author has carried out a comparative analysis of two fundamental laws : the Vitruvian triad (utilitas, firmitas, venustas) as the foundation of classical architecture, and the triad of classical, or industrial, design (function, form, quality). A new understanding of the contents and historical evolution of these rules leads to a conclusion of their convergence and transformation into a more complex interdependence. The specific feature of this process, typical for the 20th-21st century art, is characterized by the key word “metaphor”, i.e. transference of the properties of one object to another and merger of their meanings.

Key words: classical architecture, architectural theory, architectural design, design


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