Arts and Crafts Architecture, What is Arts and Crafts Architecture

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This movement was a strong influence on a great deal of architecture of the 1920s and 1930s period. There is one kind of house that stands out as a particular characteristic of the movement. The houses of the Arts and Crafts movement were both informal and unpretensious but sophisticated in a most subtle way.

This style of house was low to the ground, asymmetrical, with steeply pitched roofs. Often these houses were covered with stucco, sometime they were built of concrete meant to imitate stucco. Their surfaces were plain in the extreme, ornamented only with banks of casement windows. The eaves overhang in a picturesque manner and the roofing material is sometimes imitation thatch.

Built is the 1920s and 1930s these houses were not very popular as the Georgian and Tudor Revival styles were. They are seen in older suburbs, in cities throughout North America especially in the province of British Columbia, Canada.

The Arts and Craft Movement was an approach to architectural design rather than an architectural style. The movement was spear headed by British architects such as C.F.A. Voysey and Edwin Lutyens who revived the vernacular forms of English rural domestic architecture. Their designs stressed informal, functional plans, fairly spare decoration that suggested hand crafts and a harmony with the setting that recalls the Picturesque Movement of the nineteenth century.

While the ideas of these architects influenced architecture generally in the early twentieth century, these house are the most characteristic products of their school of thought.

As defined by “Wikipedia” architecture is defined as:

"Architecture" can mean:

A general term to describe buildings and other physical structures.

The art and science of design and erecting buildings and other physical structures.

The style and method of design and construction of buildings and other physical structures.

The practice of the architect, where architecture means the offering or rendering of professional services in connection with the design and construction of buildings, or built environments.

The design activity of the architect, from the macro-level (urban design, landscape architecture) (to the micro-level (construction details and furniture).

The term "architecture" has been adopted to describe the activity of designing any kind of system, and is commonly used in describing information technology.

In relation to buildings, architecture has to do with the planning, designing and constructing form, space and ambience that reflect functional, technical, social, environmental, and aesthetic considerations. It requires the creative manipulation and coordination of material, technology, light and shadow. Architecture also encompasses the pragmatic aspects of realizing buildings and structures, including scheduling, cost estimating and construction administration. As documentation produced by architects, typically drawings, plans and technical specifications, architecture defines the structure and/or behaviour of a building or any other kind of system that is to be or has been constructed.

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