The Dynamics of Architectural Form: Based on the 1975 Mary Duke Biddle Lectures at the Cooper Union

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University of California Press, 1977 - Architecture - 289 pages
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An authority on the psychological interpretation of the visual arts directs attention to the expressive visual features of buildings and the perceptual consequences of architecture
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Space created by things 9 Architectural implications 13 The fields
25
Asymmetrical space 32 Vision takes to the upright 35 Piercing
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Buildings in context 67 Boundless ground 68 The interplay
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AS IT LOOKS AND AS IT IS
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Perceiving a solid 110 Perspective deformations 112 The thread
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MOBILITY
144
ORDER AND DISORDER
162
Contradiction is a flaw 162 The constraints of order 164 Three
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Visual labels 206 Symbolism 207 Inherent expression 210 The artifact
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Ornament and beyond 248 Expression from dynamics 252 Function
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Index
285
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Rudolf Arnheim is Professor Emeritus of the Psychology of Art at Harvard University. For many years he was a member of the Psychology Faculty at Sarah Lawrence College, and he spent his last ten academic years at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where he now lives.

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