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Revolutionary architecture
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1. Concept

Revolutionary architecture (German Revolutionsarchitektur) is generally understood in the German-speaking world today as covering all architectural drawings, drafts, and completed structures made in the period of the French Revolution (1789). It is characterized in contrast to the pure, classical formal language of the 18th century, by radicalism in decorative sparsity, stereometric volumes, and monumental dimensions. The few real, built examples of revolutionary a…

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Lieb, Stefanie, “Revolutionary architecture”, 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 30 May 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_026681>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210601

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