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Architectural Styles by Owen Hopkins

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Postscript

In many ways Heinrich Wölfflin’s conception of ‘style’ and his art-historical method were determined by his subject matter. The flat rectangular façades and proportional systems of the palazzi, on which he focused in his seminal Renaissance und Barock (1888), lent themselves to the type of formalist analysis he favoured. Today computer modelling allows buildings to be created seemingly in any form imaginable and the use of 3D printing appears to herald a situation in which bespoke components might be fabricated or even designed on-site. In the face of ever-increasing architectural variety, with the very notion of an overriding formal or conceptual framework barely sustainable and architecture’s role as an instrument of capital ever ...

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