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Articulation, in art and architecture, is a method of styling the joints in the formal (:Category:Architectural elements|elements) of architectural design. Through degrees of articulation, each part is united with the whole work by means of a joint in such a way that the joined parts are put together in styles ranging from exceptionally distinct jointing to the opposite of high articulation—fluidity and continuity of joining. In highly articulated works, each part is defined precisely and stands out clearly. The articulation of a building reveals how the parts fit into the whole by emphasizing each part separately.BOOK, Ching, Francis D.K., A Visual Dictionary of Architecture, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1995, New York, 52, 141, 0-471-28451-3,

Continuity and fusion

The opposite of distinct articulation is continuity and fusion which reduces the separateness of the parts. Distinct articulation emphasizes the "strategic break" while the articulation of continuity concentrates on smooth transitions.BOOK, Pierre von Meiss,weblink Elements of Architecture: From Form to Place, Taylor and Francis, 78–82, 2007-12-25, 978-0-419-15940-7, 1990-12-31,
Continuity (or fusion) reduces the independence of the elements and focuses on the largest element of the whole, while reducing focus on the other independent elements.

Articulation and space

Architecture is said to be the art of the articulation of spaces. And geometry is the architect's basic tool, but it is not the architect's system of communication. That system is the defining of object in the surrounding space. Articulation is the geometry of form and space.BOOK, Neil Leach,weblink Rethinking Architecture: A Reader in Cultural Theory - Structuralism, Routledge Publisher, 192, 2007-12-25, 978-0-415-12826-1, 1997-03-21,

Examples

File:Mainzer Dom Wandaufriss.jpg|thumb|70px|Mainz CathedralMainz Cathedral

Romanesque architecture

Vertical wall articulation set Romanesque churches apart from their predecessors. Dividing the church height into bays using pilasters gave the interior space a new vertical unity. It also added a new three-dimensional vision by using the horizontal line of the arcade and clerestory. The use of the compound pier allowed the wall columns to rise together with other shafts supporting walls such those supporting arches and aisle vaults into three or more levels.JOURNAL, 10.2307/990431, Lawrence R. Hoey, September 1989, Pier Form and Vertical Wall Articulation in English Romanesque Architecture, The Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, 48, 3, 258–283, 990431,

Sydney Opera House

File:AUS NSW Opera House DSC05118.jpg|thumb|left|70px|Ribs under the "wings" of Sydney Opera HouseSydney Opera HouseThis structure is a combination of both articulation and fusion styles. Although the "wings" of the opera house stand articulated from the whole, within the wings the ribs of the structure have been fused, or made continuous, by covering the structure with a smooth surface. The smooth covering creates in the process other, larger symbolic forms in rhythmic succession on the roof. (See photo of completed structure in the gallery below.) The result here is sensuous, related to both earth and sky, as the fused forms are more natural in form than are sharp angles with strong definition. The sharper forms, the result of the smooth surface fusion, intrude with sharp articluation into the sky.WEB,weblink Problem 3: The Architecture Project - Define "articulated form", University of Arizona, 2007-12-24,weblink" title="archive.is/20121211055558weblink">weblink 2012-12-11, dead, File:CasadaMusica.jpg|thumb|right|70px|Continuity in design for exuberance - Casa da MúsicaCasa da Música

Casa da Música

The design of Casa da Música in Portugal produced a building in which the formal intellectual underpinning is equaled by the continuity, the fusion of forms, in its attempt to achieve sensual beauty. Its emotionality comes through in its exuberant external design where articulation in structure has been overwhelmed by continuity and fusion.WEB, Nicolai Ouroussoff, 25 December 2005,weblink A Vision of a Mobile Society Rolls Off the Assembly Line, New York Times, 2007-12-26,
File:GuggenheimBilbao.jpg|thumb|left|70px|Guggenheim Museum BilbaoGuggenheim Museum Bilbao

Guggenheim Museum Bilbao

In this structure, fusion and continuity dominate over articulation. The organically shaped curves on the building have been designed to appear random. According to the architect, "the randomness of the curves are designed to catch the light".NEWS, Lee, Denny, Bilbao, 10 Years Later, The New York Times, September 23, 2007,weblink Thus there is an interaction between space (environment) and form.

Articulation vs. continuity

The articulated form emphasizes the building's distinct parts. Articulation accentuates the visible aspect of the different parts of a building. Sometimes the effect completely obscures the sense of the whole, breaking it down into too many pieces, but in most cases the articulation expresses a balance between the two. The result is often a potential sensuality, as the fused forms are closer to the form of the human body than are sharp angles with strong definition.A highly articulated art form expresses its culture's sense of it place in the world. In architecture spatial organization or articulation shows the following uses:BOOK, Jale Nejdet Erzen, 2002,weblink Understanding Islamic Architecture - The Aesthetics of Space in Ottoman Architecture, 57, Routledge Publishing, 2007-12-24, 978-0-7007-1437-7,

Uses of articulation

  1. Movement and circulation
  2. Uses and accessibility
  3. Sequence and succession
  4. Symbolism and meaning
Image:TelstraDomeDocklands.jpg|Articulation of movement and circulation - Telstra DomeImage:Forbidden city 07.jpg|Articulation of uses and accessibility - Forbidden PalaceImage:Spain Andalusia Cordoba BW 2015-10-27 13-54-14.jpg|Articulation of sequence and succession - Moorish architecture - MezquitaImage:Sydney Opera House Sails edit02.jpg|Articulation of symbolism and meaning - Sydney Opera House

Highly articulated buildings

The Fuji Television building,Tokyo (architectural style- Structural Expressionism) which was designed by Architect Kenzo Tange is more of an articulated structure. The distinct elements synchronise to form a rigid-looking structure.

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