Architectural theory
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1. Concept

1.1. Broad and strict working definition

The consideration of architecture, the most general possible definition of the substance and function of architectural theory, was documented throughout the early modern period as an increasingly systematic written and pictorial historical transmission of rationales and doctrines of architecture. Architectural theory seeks to integrate artisanal, technical, pol…

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Erben, Dietrich, “Architectural theory”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Executive editor of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy. Consulted online on 18 February 2018 <>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160321

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