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- Fore and against: science, aesthetics and the visual complexities of figure-ground in urban analysis
Ostwald, Michael J.
- The University of Newcastle. Engineering & Built Environment, School of Architecture and Built Environment
- As the pre-eminent diagram for the visual analysis and design of urban environments since the Renaissance, the figure-ground plan is an important graphic device, not only representing diagrammatically the relationship between buildings and their surroundings but, at the psychological level, the perceptual distinction between solid and void. This paper will look at the scientific categorisations implied in the figure-ground and its relationship to broader arguments in psychology and aesthetics. By looking at the models or urban analysis developed by Mario Gandelsonas in his work X-Urbanism (1999) the paper will demonstrate the confluence of aesthetic and psychological models of organisation and the affiliations established between scientific systems of categorisation and the analysis of urban form.
- ANZAScA. Architectural Science Association 41st Annual Conference. Towards Solutions for a Liveable Future: Progress, Practice, Performance, People. Proceedings of the 41st Annual Conference of the Architectural Science Association (Melbourne 14-16 November, 2007) p. 62-69
- Deakin University
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- conference paper
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