March 2018


«Architecton: proceedings of higher education» № 1(61) March 2018

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


History of architecture demonstrates artistic transformation of structure and transition of many a traditional theme and motif into the area of metaphorical meanings. Architecture represents an organizing force of all arts. It defines the place, structure and functions of related products of art, graphics and sculpture and, therefore, architecture is not only a fine art but it is also an art that depicts and transforms. The subject-matter of depiction in architecture are not objects of the surrounding reality but the most general concepts and subjective experiences of form and space, physical and spiritual forces, energy, aspirations, and flights of thought in space and time. Architect’s thinking is also connected with the realization of the so-called open form and principle of participation – partnership between the creator and the customer, spectator, user. These features explain the phenomenon which in the 20th–12st century, unlike the traditional synthesis of arts, displays interpenetration of technical-aesthetic, artistic and exposition-play activity methods. Hence follows the particular importance of architectonic thinking for all plastic arts and current relevance of architecture-centric knowledge and synoptic approach combining many methods and techniques of Art Studies.

Key words: architecture, architectonic thinking, fine arts, metaphor, metonymy, order, open form, participation, synoptic method, art form, art tropes


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