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abacus

Overview page. Subjects: Architecture — Art.

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The uppermost member of a capital, set atop a pillar, and, on classical buildings, in contact with the bottom of the entablature. The abacus resembles in form the flat slab on...

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acanthus

Overview page. Subjects: Decorative Arts, Furniture, and Industrial Design — Architecture.

A conventionalized representation of the leaf of this plant is used especially as a decoration for Corinthian column capitals. The term in this sense dates from the mid 18th century; the...

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acrolith

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Antique or Neo-Classical statue of wood (concealed by drapery), with marble hands, feet, and face.

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Addison Mizner

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(1872–1933).

American architect. After a chequered career in San Francisco he became a gold prospector in northern California and the Klondike, then a dealer in antiques, settling...

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Adhocism

Overview page. Subjects: Industrial and Commercial Art — Architecture.

Design, essentially a collage, where every part of a building, or each element of a building-complex, is designed with scant regard to the whole, and often involves disparate parts taken...

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aedicule

Overview page. Subjects: Architecture — Art.

(pl. aedicules, aediculae).

1 Shrine or sacellum within a temple cella, either a large niche or a pedestal supporting two or more columns carrying an entablature and...

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Agatharchus

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Painter, of Samos. He was the first to make a skēnē (stage building; see theatre staging, greek), for Aeschylus (probably for a revival at the time of the Peloponnesian War), and wrote a...

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airport

Overview page. Subjects: Art — Architecture.

The paradox of airport architecture is that for most of the 20th century this most modern of building types proved an unsatisfactory medium for architectural Modernism, or indeed for almost...

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Alchimia

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Italian ‘New Wave’ co-operative design group (1976–91), founded in Milan by Alessandro Guerriero, Mendini, Sottsass, and others, also called Studio Alchymia. One of its aims was to make and...

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Alden B. Dow

Overview page. Subjects: Architecture — Art.

(1904–83).

American architect. He worked with F. L. Wright in 1933 before setting up his own practice. Most of his works are in or near Midland, MI, and have been noted for their...

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