“Why so serious?” – The joke as a means of expression in architecture

Anna Szczegielniak


The paper presents the joke as a means of expression used in architecture. The author debates whether the architecture should always be serious. The paper describes and gives historical and contemporary examples of how the comical effect is achieved in architecture. The paper is also an attempt to explain and understand what the jokes in architecture are used for.

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architecture, joke, humour, mannerist architecture, postmodern architecture, contemporary architecture


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