Architecture parlante
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1. Concept

The term Architecture parlante (‘talking architecture’) in the stricter sense refers to a movement of architecture in the age of the French Revolution (Revolutionary architecture) that emphasized the value of clarifying the purpose and character of a building through its direct visual appearance (see below, 2.). In a broader sense, the term refers to the ability of a buil…

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Hoppe, Stephan, “Architecture parlante”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Executive editor of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy. Consulted online on 24 March 2018 <>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160321

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