March 2018


«Architecton: proceedings of higher education» № 49 March 2015

Theory of architecture

Melodinsky Dmitry L.

DSc. (Art Studies), Professor,
Chair of Foundations of Architectural Design,
Moscow Architectural Institute,
Moscow, Russia, e-mail: melodinsky@yandex.ru


Masshtabnost’ (magnitude of scale) is one of the most expressive means in the language of spatial composition, which is evidenced by the entire history of international architecture. However, it hides a lot of unresolved mysteries and insights into internal tools of creativity. The concept of magnitude of architectural scale evolves from an awareness of important individual elements to an idea of complex multilevel structure. The modern-day view aspires towards the treatment of magnitude of architectural scale as a system. The article gives new versions to the definition of architectural masshtabnost’ within the framework of systems approach.

Key words: architectural composition, magnitude of architectural scale, systems approach, scale


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