Definitions for Architecture
ˈɑr kɪˌtɛk tʃərar·chi·tec·ture
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Architecture.
an architectural product or work
the discipline dealing with the principles of design and construction and ornamentation of fine buildings
"architecture and eloquence are mixed arts whose end is sometimes beauty and sometimes use"
the profession of designing buildings and environments with consideration for their esthetic effect
computer architecture, architecturenoun
(computer science) the structure and organization of a computer's hardware or system software
"the architecture of a computer's system software"
The art and science of designing buildings and other structures.
The architecture throughout NYC is amazing.
The profession of an architect.
Any particular style of building design.
A unifying structure.
A specific model of a microchip or CPU.
The Intel architectures have more software written for them.
The structure and design of a system or product.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: architectura, Lat.
Architecture is divided into civil architecture, called by way of eminence architecture; military architecture, or fortification; and naval architecture, which, besides building of ships and vessels, includes also ports, moles, docks, &c. Some think the Tyrians were the first improvers of architecture; but others contend, that the rules of this art were delivered by God himself to Solomon, from whom the Tyrians had their instruction, which they afterwards communicated to the Egyptians; these to the Grecians, and these again to the Romans. Under Augustus, architecture arrived to its greatest glory; but it afterwards dwindled by degrees, and at last fell with the western empire, in the fifth century, when the Visigoths destroyed all the most beautiful monuments of antiquity; and a new manner of building took its rise, called the Gothick, coarse, artless, and massive. Of the same kind was the Arabesk, Moorisk or Moorish architecture, brought from the South by the Moors and Saracens. The architects of the thirteenth, fourteenth, and fifteenth centuries, who had some knowledge of sculpture, seemed to make perfection consist altogether in the delicacy and multitude of ornaments, which they frequently bestowed on their buildings without any conduct or taste. In the two last centuries, the architects of Italy and France were wholly bent upon retrieving the primitive simplicity and beauty of ancient architecture, in which they did not fail of success. This art is divided into five orders; the Tuscan, Dorick, Ionick, Corinthian, and Composite; which took their rise from the different proportions that the different kinds of buildings rendered necessary, according to the bulk, strength, delicacy, richness, or simplicity required. Ephraim Chambers.
Our fathers next in architecture skill’d,
Cities for use, and forts for safety build:
Then palaces and lofty domes arose,
These for devotion, and for pleasure those. Richard Blackmore, Creat.
The formation of the first earth being a piece of divine architecture, ascribed to a particular providence. Thomas Burnet, Theory.
Architecture is the art and technique of designing and building, as distinguished from the skills associated with construction. It is both the process and the product of sketching, conceiving, planning, designing, and constructing buildings or other structures. The term comes from Latin architectura; from Ancient Greek ἀρχιτέκτων (arkhitéktōn) 'architect'; from ἀρχι- (arkhi-) 'chief', and τέκτων (téktōn) 'creator'. Architectural works, in the material form of buildings, are often perceived as cultural symbols and as works of art. Historical civilizations are often identified with their surviving architectural achievements.The practice, which began in the prehistoric era, has been used as a way of expressing culture for civilizations on all seven continents. For this reason, architecture is considered to be a form of art. Texts on architecture have been written since ancient times. The earliest surviving text on architectural theories is the 1st century AD treatise De architectura by the Roman architect Vitruvius, according to whom a good building embodies firmitas, utilitas, and venustas (durability, utility, and beauty). Centuries later, Leon Battista Alberti developed his ideas further, seeing beauty as an objective quality of buildings to be found in their proportions. Giorgio Vasari wrote Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects and put forward the idea of style in the Western arts in the 16th century. In the 19th century, Louis Sullivan declared that "form follows function". "Function" began to replace the classical "utility" and was understood to include not only practical but also aesthetic, psychological and cultural dimensions. The idea of sustainable architecture was introduced in the late 20th century. Architecture began as rural, oral vernacular architecture that developed from trial and error to successful replication. Ancient urban architecture was preoccupied with building religious structures and buildings symbolizing the political power of rulers until Greek and Roman architecture shifted focus to civic virtues. Indian and Chinese architecture influenced forms all over Asia and Buddhist architecture in particular took diverse local flavors. In fact, During the European Middle Ages, pan-European styles of Romanesque and Gothic cathedrals and abbeys emerged while the Renaissance favored Classical forms implemented by architects known by name. Later, the roles of architects and engineers became separated. Modern architecture began after World War I as an avant-garde movement that sought to develop a completely new style appropriate for a new post-war social and economic order focused on meeting the needs of the middle and working classes. Emphasis was put on modern techniques, materials, and simplified geometric forms, paving the way for high-rise superstructures. Many architects became disillusioned with modernism which they perceived as ahistorical and anti-aesthetic, and postmodern and contemporary architecture developed. Over the years, the field of architectural construction has branched out to include everything from ship design to interior decorating.
Architecture can be defined as the art and science of designing buildings and structures, often concerning aesthetic effect and functionality. This discipline can also include the design of the total built environment, from the macro-level of urban planning, to the micro-level of construction details. It involves understanding the spatial, environmental, and cultural needs of humans, as well as the application of technical aspects such as material properties and building physics.
the art or science of building; especially, the art of building houses, churches, bridges, and other structures, for the purposes of civil life; -- often called civil architecture
construction, in a more general sense; frame or structure; workmanship
Etymology: [L. architectura, fr. architectus: cf. F. architecture. See Architect.]
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms
A framework or structure that portrays relationships among all the elements of the subject force, system, or activity.
Dictionary of Nautical Terms
See NAVAL ARCHITECTURE.
The intuitive ability, art, experience, knowledge, science, skills and mind to create, design, build and construct.
Some buildings when you look at them you just see amazing architecture, the blend of angles, colors, style, design and materials are amazing.
Submitted by MaryC on February 24, 2020
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Rank popularity for the word 'Architecture' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3445
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Rank popularity for the word 'Architecture' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4216
Rank popularity for the word 'Architecture' in Nouns Frequency: #1386
The numerical value of Architecture in Chaldean Numerology is: 5
The numerical value of Architecture in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
We've spent a long time studying India's architectural history, mogul architecture, Wada architecture and of course the famed ancient stepwells. But we then take these historic designs and re-imagine them, and so you may not even recognize it at first because it's done in a completely new form.
I'm kind of bored of every bar and restaurant opening in London that's down south American cooking, or Korean food, and it's staffed by waiters or chefs who've been on holiday somewhere and been inspired by it, and it having no real relationship to the local area or local history, or local meaning, so with' Alcoholic Architecture,' Alcoholic Architecture's about escapism and fun -- but at the same time Alcoholic Architecture's totally based on the local history.
I'm not trained as an architect, but I think about buildings a lot, architecture becomes a much more complex envelope, an envelope that can carry both the high and the low, the international and the very local, the rich and the poor. It's only when those things start to conflate in really beautiful ways that I think we can have a redeemed, redemptive architecture.
The bachelor's that I'm doing is in interior architecture, but it also has to do with exteriors, spacial design and landscape design. I'm interested in how people interact with a space, the idea of architecture as social commentary, and how the total effect can change when you alter one concept, and out of all of the artistic sort of studies, it's the most acceptable by my parents.
Architecture should add to the drama of an event, by doing so, it can encourage repeat usage and positive association with the facility. Architecture can do this in many ways, from large gestures such as the overall design down to the small gestures, like the quality of its finishes.
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- ሥነ ሕንፃAmharic
- هندسة معمارية, عمارةArabic
- arquitecturaCatalan, Valencian
- Baustil, Architektur, die ArchitekturGerman
- arĥitekturo, arkitekturoEsperanto
- ehituskunst, arhitektuurEstonian
- معماری, مهندسیPersian
- rakennustaide, arkkitehtuuriFinnish
- boukeunstWestern Frisian
- ailtearachdScottish Gaelic
- seyrnaght, ard-obbrinysManx
- वास्तुकला, आर्किटेक्चरHindi
- ilmu bangunan, ArsitekturIndonesian
- ᐃᒡᓗᕐᔪᐊᑦ ᐋᖅᑭᒃᓯᒪᓂᖏᑦInuktitut
- 建築, 建築学Japanese
- seni bangunanJavanese
- ilusilersugaaneqKalaallisut, Greenlandic
- ಕಟ್ಟಡದರಿಮೆ, ವಾಸ್ತುಶಿಲ್ಪಶಾಸ್ತ್ರKannada
- 건축학, 건축, 건Korean
- nijyarvanî, bînasazîKurdish
- architectura, architectureLatin
- уран барилгаMongolian
- seni binaMalay
- bouwstijl, architectuurDutch
- architectura, arquitecturaOccitan
- ਵਾਸਤੂਕਲਾPanjabi, Punjabi
- مهندسي, معماريPashto, Pushto
- arquitetura, arquitecturaPortuguese
- sumaq wasichay kamayQuechua
- зодчество, архитектураRussian
- arhitektura, архитектураSerbo-Croatian
- වාස්තු විද්යාවSinhala, Sinhalese
- ujenzi, majenziSwahili
- వాస్తుశాస్త్రము, నిర్మాణంTelugu
- mimarlık, mimariTurkish
- بىناكارلىقUyghur, Uighur
- فن تعمیرUrdu
- kiến trúcVietnamese
- aworan ilé̩ kíkó̩Yoruba
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