, Volume 26, Issue 1, pp 103–111

An architectural history of metaphors

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DOI: 10.1007/s00146-010-0280-8

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Fez-Barringten, B. AI & Soc (2011) 26: 103. doi:10.1007/s00146-010-0280-8


This paper presents a review and an historical perspective on the architectural metaphor. It identifies common characteristics and peculiarities—as they apply to given historical periods—and analyses the similarities and divergences. The review provides a vocabulary, which will facilitate an appreciation of existing and new metaphors.


MetaphorArchitectureArtTraditional or classical artAncient prehistoricModern and contemporary architecture

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.North Fort MyersUSA