Image & language in Architecture
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The architectural message can be transmitted through different channels. The visitor receives information through his/her visual, tactile, olfactory, or acoustical senses. The visual sense is known......

The architectural message can be transmitted through different channels. The visitor receives information through his/her visual, tactile, olfactory, or acoustical senses. The visual sense is known as the most influential one. If we consider architecture as a tool for communication, then, the importance of attracting visual senses comes out, and this attraction can be done by image. Since the past till now, the image in different terms and perceptions has tries to transferred this message. This was done with different tools, elements and materials. Using visual materials allows to better match the respondent`s perception to possible stimuli. Here, we want to look to the concept of image according to its material.

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  • 1. Architecture of Mirror & Mirror of Architecture Skyscraper + image + language ArchitecturalTheory& Criticism Assoc.Prof.Dr.TurkanU.Uraz Assoc.Prof.Dr.HifsiyePulhan Presentation:AtaChokhachian May2012
  • 2. Analyzing the building with its material is not the usual way but when it comes to glass or mirror it does not act like other materials such as stone or brick If the stone or brick may have identity in its history on the other hand glass as a modern material has an image in itself. The glass and mirror are an image they are not only for producing the image however they manifest the image. The image that reflected on the water or the image on the facade of the building both of them have a language to tell a story. This story is tremendously tied to the power of imagination and symbolization of the people who look to it and can develop variety of stories in different interpretations from the image.
  • 3. Classical architecture >>> The mirror itself was an element of language to represent an image - a kind of visual illusion- it was used to give the space depth, perspective and rhythm [galerie des glace versailles,1678] Mirrors are used to produce an spatial space with the help of depth, light, perspective and dematerialization modern architecture >>> the mirror is not the element of language, now the image is articulated by other systems ( cinema , photography ) - the perception of image changes from an object to a mental construct and psychological discourses entered to the space and make architecture as an interdisciplinary discourse
  • 4. Glass in 19th century with the iron are used mostly for functional and extravagant purposes, now it find theoretical aspect by light and shadow The first mirror boxed building was designed in critical moments of modern architecture because it seem that the modern architecture blocked in cubes and can't put step forward , so the mirror is applied to the simple box to support it with pure image. The image which gives variety of interpretations and languages to the building. But again it was something that stitched to the building not from its origin or not from its soul. And this was the start point to the separation of the image and language in modern architecture.
  • 5. The image which is made by the mirror is not architectural image it is a simple reflect of what is outside not inside. The mirror eliminates the interior and exterior relationship and the only relation with the public space is by reflection. Reflecting the public in a broad scale and context. Among these reflections the only thing that is not reflected is the building it self
  • 6. The building doesn`t reflect the inner space and the main object which is the building exists for it, the occupants who are the soul and the main reason of the buildings existence. We have to deal with the issue of meaning through image the meaning can be described by language. The figurative level of the building is increased through the images, but at the same time the architectural language reduced or negated. The Consequences of living in high rises: Robert Gifford- Department of Psychology- University of Victoria Strain, Stress and Mental Health Suicide Behavior Problems Crime and Fear of Crime Social Relations Children
  • 7. Practice Theory Theopractical Architecture Image Language
  • 8. Thankyou