Talk:Architectural style

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Should critical regionalism be included on this page? there is an article on it but it is not connected... —Preceding unsigned comment added by 58.105.89.38 (talk) 10:12, 30 June 2008 (UTC)

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How about Pueblo Revival Style? Cmyk 01:52, 1 September 2007 (UTC)


—Preceding unsigned comment added by Cmyk (talkcontribs) 01:52, 1 September 2007 (UTC)

This page needs lots of working. The information is inadequate and sometimes incorrect.


(orig posted by KRS on Warofdreams' talk page) Regarding your edits in Architectural style, it is good that you have removed the short descriptive sentences(which I have been wanting to do for some time).

But your categorisation is not accurate, though you have claimed it to be. I think the earlier categorisation was better and more accurate, probably because I ordered it out of the confusion which existed earlier:-)

Some of the mistakes as of now are - 1.You can't classify something as Western tradition, probably under Western architecture 2.Islamic architecture is not under Western tradition. 3. Deconstructivism is not usually classified under Postmodern architecture, it is one of the many directions after modernism. Or you should use post Modern Modern with a gap, in the sense of after.

You have also removed links by changing the names, if you do that you have to use the disambiguation technique so that the links still are valid.

Will be changing it shortly. If you have anything to clarify, let's discuss in Talk Page of article. KRS 15:51, 15 Nov 2003 (UTC)

I think this is more accurate, though as you point out, it still needs lots of work. Why not Western tradition? Islamic architecture is heavily influenced by the Western tradition, most immediately by Byzantine architecture (of course there are other influences). Deconstructivism is often classified under postmodern architecture, but Post Modern architecture would suit me fine. Which links have been removed? Point them out and I'll happily reinsert them - thought I had them all. Warofdreams 15:58, 15 Nov 2003 (UTC)
There are lots of directions after modernism, Postmodernism being only one of them. Also, after the advent of modernism, also called as international style, the directions can no longer be called Western. Hence the very classification under Western tradition is not correct after this period. For example, Critical Regionalism is a direction which though has universal application, is more followed in countries such as India, Japan, etc.,And Islamic architecture is not influenced heavily by Western tradition at all.

KRS 16:12, 15 Nov 2003 (UTC)


There is already a page on Deconstructivism, removed by edit to Deconstructivist architecture. KRS 16:03, 15 Nov 2003 (UTC)

Arts and Crafts[edit]

The Arts and Crafts style has been overlooked here. Perhaps an external link is required?

Done. Bards (talk) 19:43, 28 February 2012 (UTC)

Type of Architecture?[edit]

There's a style of architecture whose name I do not know but I'm curious about. The general idea is that something very beautiful and ornate is concealed behind something which is worn and ugly. For example, if you've heard of "The Ruins" restaurant in Seattle, it's a very opulent restaurant concealed inside an old warehouse. The outside is very worn, but inside they build some sort of a substructure to make it appear like its own building inside a building. In the movie Face/Off, as well, the apartment there is much like this style. Does anyone know what this is called/have any information about it?

I believe this is a facet of Postmodern Architecture. "Building-within-a-building" and the combination of multiple unrelated architectural styles - does "polystylistic" sound right? Kibblesnbits 22:08, 31 December 2006 (UTC)

I have a question[edit]

I live in central Illinois and in any downtown around here there are tall, narrow buildings all next to each other in a block. They were built from like 1865-1920ish. What kind of architectural style could this be? This picture shows some of kind of buildings I'm talking about: http://www.city-data.com/picfilesc/picc34794.php —Preceding unsigned comment added by Soyseñorsnibbles (talkcontribs) 22:15, 16 April 2008 (UTC)

These might be Chicago School. Bards (talk) 20:10, 28 February 2012 (UTC)
(opinion) Probably not Chicago School, more like commercial Italianate or commercial Queen Anne. neither of which are discussed on wikipediaCarptrash (talk) 21:11, 28 February 2012 (UTC)
Thanks. If you are inclined to, please take a look at the lists in this article and make corrections. My knowledge of US styles is fairly limited. Bards (talk) 10:30, 29 February 2012 (UTC)

Sure, God willing and the creek don't rise. The article's coverage of the commercial versions of the styles is pretty .... nonexistent.

Nordic & Viking architectural styles.[edit]

The dragon-headed stave architectural of the 1100's and presumably earlier (which Stave churches are made in) should probably be added in-between Norman & Gothic architecture. Though an article would have to be made. Nagelfar (talk) 10:25, 19 May 2008 (UTC)

Removed item at the top of article[edit]

Have removed following item from the top of the article as it makes no sense the way it is written:

classify architecture in terms of form, techniques, materials, time period, region, etc. It overlaps with, and emerges from the study of the evolution and history of architecture. In architectural history, the study of Gothic architecture, for instance, would include all aspects of the cultural context that went into the design and construction of these structures. Architectural style is a way of classifying architecture that gives emphasis to characteristic features of design, leading to a terminology such as Gothic "style".

Is it meant to be recommendations of how to edit the article, or an intro, or what? Anyway, it makes little sense the way it is written. Please re-enter and edit the text, so it makes more sense. Dieter Simon (talk) 00:05, 10 June 2008 (UTC)

Done. Bards (talk) 21:15, 28 February 2012 (UTC)


Does architecture or style emerge from history?[edit]

There is a sentence in the first paragraph: "Most architecture can be classified as a chronology of styles which changes over time.", and another in the second paragraph: "Styles therefore emerge from the history of a society...", which seem to depend on a commitment to a historicist or idealist account of architecture. Although buildings are classified in a chronological order of styles, it doesn't follow that architecture or styles emerge from history.

For example, one may argue that the gothic style didn't emerge from history but from a specific building in Saint-Denis in 1144. We may, of course, include such a discovery in a historical sequence, but it is unclear whether it emerged from that sequence. Futurism refuted rather than emerged from traditional styles (although one might perhaps say it "emerged" from social unrest). Many contemporary buildings evade styles altogether by being "non-referential", arbitrary, or accidental even.

Therefore, I suggest a more neutral description of architecture or style: one that doesn't assume that they emerge from history.

Kopare (talk) 20:29, 30 August 2013 (UTC)