March 2018


«Architecton: proceedings of higher education» № 51 September 2015

Theory of architecture

Veslopolova Galina N.

PhD. (Architecture), Associate Professor,
Chair of Fundamentals of Architectural Design,
Penza State University of Architecture and Construction,
Penza, Russia, e-mail: galina.veslopolova@yandex.ru


Establishing order and being the guarantor of the reliability of structures created by him, the architect relied until recently on the anthropomorphic principle of similarity, which is most vividly embodied in the classical order. This fundamental centuries-long imperative of the profession is been called in question today.

The extra-tectonic extra-order origins of life, another format of human life and of the individual are obvious signs of today. The possibilities of changing one’s sex and appearance and new forms of reproductive activity change the personal and physiological profile. What we observe is the incompatibility of the anthropomorphic metamorphoses with the traditional norms of the world order, the tectonic foundations of which are being undermined. Proportioning as the architectural and universal law of organisation is also losing its positions. The divine proportion which the world has been struggling to find since its creation is becoming the domain of history.

Key words: similarity principle, architectural order, Greek antique order tradition, canonical order, tectonic structure


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