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Functionalism Revisited: Architectural Theory and Practice and the Behavioural Sciences Jon Lang

Functionalism Revisited: Architectural Theory and Practice and the Behavioural Sciences

Jon Lang

Published February 4th 2011
ISBN : 9781409407010
Hardcover
356 pages
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A range of current approaches to architecture are neglected in our contemporary writings on professional writings. This book argues that the model of function and the concept of a functional building that we have inherited from the C20thMoreA range of current approaches to architecture are neglected in our contemporary writings on professional writings. This book argues that the model of function and the concept of a functional building that we have inherited from the C20th Modernists is limited in scope and detracts from a full understanding of the purposes served by the built environment. It simply does not cover the range of functions that buildings can afford nor is it tied in a conceptually clear manner to architectural theory. Based on Abraham Maslows theory of human motivations, and following on from Langs widely-used text, Creating Architectural Theory: The Role of the Behavioural Sciences in Environmental Design, Lang and Moleski here propose a new a model which responds to numerous observations about the inadequacy of current ways of thinking about functionalism in architecture and urban design. Copiously illustrated, this book puts forward this new model of functionalism, and then discuss in detail each function of buildings and urban environments.