June 2017


«Architecton: proceedings of higher education» № 53 March 2016

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


In this article, the author revisits the well-known definition of architecture as «frozen music». Any architectural object exists in three-dimensional space and is perceived in time and motion forming a specific moving, or motor, conceptual space. It would therefore be more logical to call an architectural object a «moving melody» rather than «frozen music». However, architectural plasticity is not expressive in the usual sense of the word, being counterbalanced by gravity, i.e. the requirements of stability, strength, and reliability. The author regards any departure from this rule, abandonment of tectonicity, a display of naturalistic thinking.

Key words: architectonics, harmony, composition, plastic motion, space, form generation


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Russian text of this article

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