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Architects and Intellectual Culture in Post-Restoration England$
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Matthew Walker

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198746355

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198746355.001.0001

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Inventing Architecture

Inventing Architecture

(p.150) 4 Inventing Architecture
Architects and Intellectual Culture in Post-Restoration England

Matthew Walker

Oxford University Press

Here, I turn to the final application of architectural knowledge: to the design itself. But in keeping with the general direction of this book I will not, on the whole, look at examples of the application of acquired knowledge in specific architectural designs. Instead, I will explore how English intellectuals theorized the process of designing classical architecture in general. This was a process that was fundamentally based on the classical orders, understood not just as a set of column types but as an overall system of proportion and, even, a method of design. The final text I turn to will be Wren’s writings on architectural design. Here, I argue that he used ancient variety as justification to be equally varied in one’s use of the orders in architectural design, although the ability to do this was ultimately dependent on the learning and the ingenuity of the architect.

Keywords:   architectural design, architectural theory, invention, orders, Roman architecture

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