Reprinted from:
Honar Nameh
University of Art, Tehran
No. 2, Winter 2000
( A brief of the article)

Structuralism in Architecture & City Planning

By: Parvin Partovi, Iran
Structuralism occupies a place among the twentieth century schools of thought. It began in linguistics and later, it developed in anthropology. Then, it reached other fields, such as architecture and city planning, at a time where pragmatism were dominant. Structuralists opposed the dogmatism of these static views of city planning, which had resulted in lifeless and monotonous spaces that lacked identity.

They proposed a more flexible vision, which existed within a structured framework. Inspired by primitive culture, they discovered the relationship between social organization and physical structures, and simultaneously viewed the past and the present.

"Sense of Place", order, elements of identity, growth and dependence, change and interaction within a structural form, flexible forms and identity are some of their most important principles, which were prominent in the 60s and 70s.

Postmodernist views later responded to modernism's consequences.


Research: Architecture


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