Elements of Architectural Design: Expressive
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Works of art may express human values, feelings and dynamic states. We derive meaning from these works based upon our perceptions of the sensory, formal and technical properties of the work and from our own experiences. We learn to identify how the artist used the aesthetic elements to give the art expression. In architecture, we search for the mood or metaphor expressed by the architectural design. Broudy suggests that when the Sensory, Formal and Technical elements of design are combined, they give expression to a work of art that can be explained using the language of human emotion. Expressive Elements are those that give a structure the appearance of having a mood, emotional state, character, or dynamic qualities.