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Author(s): Eliseu Gonçalves
Title: The Octagon in the Houses of Orson Fowler
Issue Date: 2011
Abstract: This essay focuses on the way of using radial geometry as anarchitectural practice tool placed at the service of an anonymous andplain housing architecture. Particularly, the study is about the remarkableoctagon figure aptitude to support domestic programs, in opposition to itshistorical significance as sacred geometry to structure religiousarchitecture, namely those dedicated to the Virgin Mary and The Saviour.In a certain moment of an investigation about early modernPortuguese housing architecture, I found a peculiar article published in1933 on the Portuguese architectural review A Arquitectura Modernaabout the "Tomorrow House" drew by the architect George FrederickKeck (1895-1980) and exposed on the Chicago fair A Century ofProgress International Exposition. This fact carried the research to OrsonSquire Fowler (1809-87), an American author who wrote in the middle ofthe nineteenth century a fantastic book about octagonal houses. Hisapparent ordinary story is really a kind of lost link that allows go back acentury some Modern housing concerns.
Subject: Arquitectura, Artes, História da ciência, Artes
Architecture, Arts, History of science, Arts
Scientific areas: Humanidades::Artes
Document Type: Artigo em Revista Científica Internacional
Rights: openAccess
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