How things Affected Islamic architecture By 656 AD the whole of Iran was subjugated by the Arabs. The Zoroastrians retired to the mountains and, in 700 AD, when their position in Iran became untenable, they emigrated en-masse to India where they settled on the western coast and formed the most peaceful, dignified and cultured community of the Parsis. Slowly and gradually, Iran succumbed to Islam. Iranian art traditions did not play any important part in early Islam until the Abbasids … [Read more...]
An architecture enthusiasts first step towards learning should be to know the basic terminology and keywords one uses in the field of architecture, whether related to the technical drawings or related to building materials or even structural calculations, the terminology acts as an information carrier and dissolves communication barriers between the client, the architect, the contractor, project advisors or even a layman in most cases.
This category of ours not only covers the different terminologies used in the global study of architecture, we have even tried to incorporate the local terminologies from different dialects all over the world; for example, what we know as a plan, a local contractor from India will call it a 'naksha' in Hindi language. The same problem is at times faced by people while studying the subject of History of Architecture as even the language in a given country changes over a period of time.
We have also tried to include the new age terms, their definitions and proper usage in today's architecture and have given equal importance the Historical and new age terms. What you will find good with our content is the internal linking and hierarchy that we have tried to maintain on our website so that you gain maximum possible knowledge of every topic in an orderly fashion rather than random learning. Happy Reading!
One of the better-known architectural aphorisms of the twentieth century is Le Corbusier's "The plan is the generator." Employed throughout the design process from the earliest conceptual stage, the plan view has inherent characteristics both positive and negative which can color, alter, and control the designer's perceptions of form and space. However, although ostensibly plan drawings are a simple and direct means of depiction, familiarity with their conventions can conceal their inherent … [Read more...]
The Singular and Stationary Point of View Typically, both one and two-point perspectives assume a single, stationary point of view. While considered adequate for most situations, this construction has certain limitations which were recognized by Leonardo da Vinci and Raphael. Among these limitations is the stationary nature of perspective images. In reality, the viewer constantly alters the position of the body and head to gather cumulative information about a space. The inability of … [Read more...]
Urban Conversation is a fairly new concept for many countries. The demolition of historical buildings and areas led to the movement of urban conservation in Europe and it is slowly making an impact on the rest of the world too, especially in metropolitan cities with historical background. Urban conservation philosophy is centred around the relationship between man and his built-environment. Urban conservation is a new thought in our cities. It is an idea developed in Europe. The large scale … [Read more...]
Paraline drawings are often used in industrial design and engineering, where machine parts and structural connections can be designed and drawn with great clarity and dimensional precision. Similarly, paraline drawings can also show individual buildings to great effect, particularly where the form is conceived as a singular, isolated object. However, they are less suitable in the depiction of spaces. An axonometric of a street, for instance, will contain limited information beyond that … [Read more...]