June 2017


«Architecton: proceedings of higher education» № 52 December 2015

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 considers the category of the void in traditional and contemporary aesthetics. Based on the latest philosophical concepts, the author expounds the basic aspects involved in the reconsideration of the category of the void in architectural structures– the semantics, the compositional functions and the aesthetic perceptions. The use of the motifs of the void is illustrated by examples from latest Japanese, Near-Eastern and Western European architecture. The concept of "zero form» or "antiform" in modern design is considered. An analysis of form building in recent projects shows their extra-style nature beyond the habitual relationship between the product and its environment. Hence comes a new understanding of ecological design as the forecasting of consumer properties by creating a polyvariant and outwardly even disordered environment. It is such a space, free from imposed orderliness, that is most likely to become the subject-matter of future design activity.

Key words: architecture, design, metabolism, fractal architecture, ecological design


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