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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 building in general to convey a mes…

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Hoppe, Stephan, “Architecture parlante”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 29 November 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_017011>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160321

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