Style and stylistic change are central issues in the study of art and architecture. Over the past hundred years various important theories of style and its changes have been proposed by scholars in a diversity of disciplines, from the historian Heinrich Wolfflin to the economist Herbert Simon. In this book, a new and innovative approach is developed that looks not only at traditional questions about stylistic change but also sets up a formal model through which to analyse change and to structure innovation. Styles are defined in terms of rule-based, compositional systems called shape grammars. Shape grammars have been used widely in recent years to describe a variety of styles in architecture, landscape design, painting and the decorative arts. As this book demonstrates, stylistic change is characterised in terms of different transformations of the grammars that define styles.
|Publisher:||Cambridge University Press|
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Table of ContentsPart I. Background: 1. Style and stylistic change: the tradition; 2. Languages and transformations: a new approach; Part II. Transformations of Languages of Designs: A formal Model: 3. Shape grammars: a standard format; 4. Recursive structures of shape grammars; 5. Transformations of shape grammars; Part III. Examples: 6. Transformations of the meander motif on Greek geometric pottery; 7. Transformations of De Stijl art: The paintings of Georles Vantongerloo and Fritz Glarner; 8. The transformation of Frank Lloyd Wright's Prairie houses into his Usonian houses; Notes; Index.