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1. (Fine Arts & Visual Arts / Architecture) the theory of design that the form of a thing should be determined by its use
2. any doctrine that stresses utility or purpose
3. (Psychology) Psychol a system of thought based on the premise that all mental processes derive from their usefulness to the organism in adapting to the environment
functionalist n & adj
func•tion•al•ism (ˈfʌŋk ʃə nlˌɪz əm)
1. (often cap.)
a. a design movement evolved esp. in the early 20th century, advocating that form and design be determined by practical issues, as materials, construction, and purpose, with aesthetic effect subordinated to functionality.
b. the doctrines and practices associated with this movement.
2. a school of psychology that emphasizes the adaptiveness of mental and behavioral processes.
3. Sociol. a theoretical orientation that views society as a system of interdependent parts whose functions contribute to the stability and survival of the system.
func′tion•al•ist, n., adj.
a philosophy of architectural design rather than a separate style, expressed in Louis Sullivan’s “form follows function” and Le Corbu-sier’s concept of a house as a machine for living in, under the premise that buildings ought to express construction, materials, and accommodation of purpose, usually with the assumption that the result would be aesthetically significant. Also called structuralism. — functionalist, n., adj.See also: Architecture
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retired) examines methods and theory in anthropology with more depth than traditional graduate textbooks, providing students with a distinctly philosophical approach to such topics as functionalism, structuralism, diffusionism, marriage and broad concepts of human nature.
Otto captures the sense of upheaval and turmoil that marked the European era and the functionalism that saw this noble stream reduced to a sewer.
And, let's be honest here, after the DIY Eastern European no-frills functionalism of Skills Leisurewear and with a distribution network limited to the club shop at Warwick Street, we were in no position to be precious about their limitations.
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