The effect of language patterns on architectural forms (From the perspective of semiotics on Zaha Hadid's works)

Tavşan C. , Akbarzadeh N.

COGENT SOCIAL SCIENCES, vol.4, no.1, 2018 (Journal Indexed in ESCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 4 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/23311886.2018.1507085
  • Title of Journal : COGENT SOCIAL SCIENCES


This paper deals with linguistic patterns influences in the formation of architectural forms. Of course, that in the creation of the architectural design, the process of becoming a mental image into a plan is in a semantic chain that always carries the cultural richness of the creator of the work. For this reason, it is necessary to consider the architectural context(1) of the author's cultural and social background. Linguistic patterns are one of the main branches of any culture that have a self-conscious role in shaping human thoughts and insight, but its written aspect sometimes appears unconscious, which is the result of a human interventionist mind. Unfortunately, this aspect of linguistic patterns has not been addressed in the study of architectural works yet. Accordingly, this study, with the help of a group of volunteer students from different nations, has focused on the effects of linguistic patterns on architectural works from the semiotics point of view, and since in the Arabic language the art of design is clear, the study of this language and the works of the Arab architect, Zaha Hadid has been selected. The result indicated that the influence of linguistic patterns is undeniable in her designs. On the other hand, the audience in this research was able to find a semantic relationship between linguistic and architectural works, which is the result of sociological and ideological analysis, which relates to the previous perceptions and teachings of the audience. According to the semiotic theory, there is a confession that what the reader infers and understands is important that the author of the work may not explicitly agree with it.