, Volume 26, Issue 1, pp 103–111

An architectural history of metaphors

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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.


Metaphor Architecture Art Traditional or classical art Ancient prehistoric Modern and contemporary architecture 

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© Springer-Verlag London Limited 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.North Fort MyersUSA

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