Style as Identities in Design Products

  • Chiu-Shui Chan
Part of the Studies in Applied Philosophy, Epistemology and Rational Ethics book series (SAPERE, volume 17)


Architecture, together with painting, sculpture, music, and poetry, has long been classified in the domain of “Arts” or “Fine Arts” (Greene 1940) and studied within this fine arts domain. For example, architecture has been extensively studied by architectural historians to understand historical developments, and by theorists to explore individual characteristics (Pothorn 1982). Thus, architectural style has been described as the collective characteristics of buildings where structure, unity and expressiveness are combined in an identifiable form related to a particular period or region, sometimes to an individual designer or school of design (Smithies 1981, p. 25). All these notions and approaches attempt to examine the prominent features in forms and to systematically illustrate the underlying cultural, social, economical, and technical relationships among different regions, periods, and designers that are associated with these features.


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  • Chiu-Shui Chan
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  1. 1.Architecture DepartmentIowa State UniversityAmesUSA

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