WIT Press


Evolution Of Architectural Forms Of Historic Buildings

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/STR010581

Volume

55

Pages

10

Published

2001

Size

1,205 kb

Author(s)

R.F. Borges

Abstract

This paper examines the evolution of architectural forms of historic masonry buildings up to the Middle Ages. Consideration is given to those building forms or structures that contributed most to the stability, aesthetics and topology of the monument. It also discusses how this development brought about structural concepts and methods of construction employed in architectural heritage. The thesis proposed in this paper emphasizes the important role played by the development of architectural forms in defining structural aspects of historic buildings. 1 Introduction The analysis of architectural forms provides an insight into past cultures and eras. Behind each of these forms and styles lies neither a casual trend nor a vogue, but a period of serious and urgent experimentation directed toward answering the needs of a specific way of life. Climate, methods of construc

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