By Dana Arnold
Structure as event investigates the conception and appropriation of locations throughout periods of time and tradition. the actual obstacle of the quantity is to compile clean empirical learn and animate it through touch with theoretical sophistication, with out overwhelming the fabric. The chapters determine the continuity of a selected actual item and exhibit it in no less than two alternative ancient views, during which recognisable gains are proven in numerous lighting fixtures. the consequences are usually surprising, inverting the common idea of a old position as having an everlasting meaning. This book shows the perception that may be received from studying approximately prior structures of meaning which were derived from the related constructions that stand ahead of us this present day.
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The accounts, therefore, necessarily include crucial points from the cultural background, so that the reader can see the appropriate frames of reference in which the buildings are to be located or relocated. The pattern of redescription inevitably makes sense most clearly when it is applied to old buildings, as it is with them that the reconﬁgurations are likely to be sufﬁciently clear to be articulated, and to be seen as signiﬁcant moments in the continuing development of the building. It might be possible to deﬁne as ‘old’ a building that has gone through at least one process of redescription, as that would suggest the obsolescence of the initial schema.
Constantine’s appropriation of the Flavian piazza thus served to underscore the connection between his neo-Flavian dynasty and that of the ﬁrst century, and to match Maxentius’ Velian ensemble with his own pseudoForum just down the hill. It is also possible that Constantine intended the topographical analogy between himself and the Flavians very literally. Like his ‘ancestors’, he took pains to present his predecessor as a tyrant (even explicitly referring to him as such in the Arch’s dedicatory inscription) and himself as a restorer of the city.
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Architecture as Experience: Radical Change in Spatial Practice by Dana Arnold