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Philosophical Perspectives on Art$
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Stephen Davies

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199202423

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199202423.001.0001

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Is Architecture an Art?

Is Architecture an Art?

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(p.129) 9 Is Architecture an Art?
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Philosophical Perspectives on Art
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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199202423.003.0010

Are the buildings designed by architects artworks? If so, are they the artworks of their architects? If so, is architecture an art form? In reviewing these queries, this chapter explores differences between buildings and such items as ships, drains, bridges, dams, and gardens. It considers also if an artwork building should be regarded as a singular or multiple artwork, and how this is affected by its site specificity and cultural location. And it considers whether, if they are multiple, architectural artworks are for performance.

Keywords:   architecture, art, buildings, site specificity, performance, ships, drains, bridges, dams, gardens

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