In Search of Elegance: Towards an Architecture of Satisfaction by Michel LincourtIn Search of Elegance: Towards an Architecture of Satisfaction by Michel Lincourt

In Search of Elegance: Towards an Architecture of Satisfaction

byMichel Lincourt

Paperback | September 29, 1999

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Michel Lincourt calls for a dignified architecture, centred around the concept of elegance, that will provide satisfaction to both its users and the surrounding society. Elegance, defined as the symbiosis of excellence and magnificence, is the ultimate attribute of any creative endeavour and achieving it is the architect's prime motivation. Using this concept, Lincourt develops a set of archetypes for designing a more satisfactory architecture and provides an in-depth analysis of three examples of architectural elegance: the Palais-Royal and the Fondation Rothchild Workers' Residence in Paris and the Municipality of Outremont in Montreal. In Search of Elegance defines the essential components of architecture, articulates non-self-referential design criteria based on societal values, and develops a proactive design process that incorporates the concept of archetype as a privileged means for achieving a coherent design. It will be an indispensable reference book for architects and urban planners as well as students and scholars of architecture.

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Michel Lincourt is professor of architecture, ?cole nationale sup?rieure des arts et industries de Strasbourg."

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Title:In Search of Elegance: Towards an Architecture of SatisfactionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:424 pages, 1.07 × 6.06 × 8.99 inPublished:September 29, 1999Language:English

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ISBN - 10:0773518274

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Elegance, the interdependence of excellence and magnificence, is the supreme goal of any work of art and an architect’s primary purpose. In Search of Elegance fills in the chasm between theory and practice by answering complex questions about what architecture is, how it’s made and judged. Michel Lincourt seeks a dignified architecture, based on the idea of elegance that will satisfy users and the surrounding society. He develops a set of archetypes for creating a more pleasing architecture and offers a detailed examination of three types of architectural elegance: Paris’ Palais-Royal, the Foundation Rothchild Worker’s Residence and Montreal’s Municipality of Outremont.

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"Outstanding. Lincourt presents a richly informed, multidisciplinary argument that tries to return to fundamentals. The depth of analysis impresses and the integration of insights from diverse fields stimulates the reader. In Search of Elegance constitutes a major contribution to the application of philosophical rigour to architectural practice." Walter Van Nus, Department of History, Concordia University.