Trends of artistic expression in contemporary Lithuanian arcitecture

Algimantas Mačiulis

Doctoral dissertation

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The subject of this research focuses on the artistic expression of global architectural styles in contemporary Lithuanian architecture. Based on the similar works of foreign scholars, separate global architectural styles and trends in Lithuanian architecture are defined. In the end of the study, based on the evidence explored and objects reviewed, normative model of artistic expression is created. Graphic evaluation of styles and trends helps to identify the patterns of expression, overall principles of creative interfaces, their overlapping, development over time, while allowing to monitor the stylistic context. In order to achieve the goal, following tasks have been set:

1. Detection and identification of foreign architectural styles and trends in modern architecture of Lithuania, until 1990's:

- identify features of their expression, specificity, prevalence;

- assign them to contemporary Lithuanian architecture.

2. Overview the diversity of the different architectural trends in 1990–2013.

- identify features of their expression, specificity, prevalence;

- specify the tendencies.

3. Create a normative model of styles and trends, which reflects the objects examined, and helps to assess the context of artistic expression in contemporary Lithuanian architecture.

Dissertation consists of an introduction, three chapters, conclusions, bibliography and the list of authors’ publications related to the research topic. Introductory chapter discusses the research problem, its relevance, describes the object of research, formulates aims and objectives, describes the research methodology, scientific novelty, practical significance of the results, and the defence statements.

First chapter of the dissertation contains definition of the evolution of Modern architecture in Lithuania until 1990’s. The second chapter establishes global architectural styles and trends in Lithuanian architecture after 1990’ and their possible contribution to the future design tendencies. The third chapter is devoted to the study of normative model of artistic expression, theoretical justification of its graphic fulfillment and description of the results obtained, as well as the comparisons with similar studies.

Three research articles in peer-reviewed journals were published, as well as two reports in scientific conferences and two reports in educational seminars were presented, related to the dissertation topic.

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