Figurative architecture

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Figurative architecture. Term apparently coined by Paolo Portoghesi in the late 1970s to describe architectural design from the 1970s, influenced by Graves, Rossi, and others, in which attempts were made to restore the obscured meaning of types found in traditional architecture, as in walls, columns, door-cases, pediments, etc., after the jettisoning of so much by the Modern Movement. It was regarded as part of Post-Modernism.


C. MacD et al. (1986);
Portoghesi (1983)