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Evolution of the Columns

Evolution of the Columns

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Published by Crisencio M. Paner
What is a Column or Pillar?
The column was an architectural invention which allowed for the support of ceilings without the use of solid walls, thereby increasing the space which could be spanned by a ceiling, allowing the entrance of light and offering an alternative aesthetic to building exteriors, particularly in the peristyles of temples and on colonnades along stoas.

Columns are frequently used to support beams or arches on which the upper parts of walls or ceilings rest.
In architecture, "column" refers to such a structural element that also has certain proportional and decorative features.
A column might also be a decorative element not needed for structural purposes; many columns are "engaged", that is to say form part of a wall.

Columns could also be incorporated (engaged) within walls or be free-standing and carry sculpture to commemorate particular events or people.

What is a Column or Pillar?
The column was an architectural invention which allowed for the support of ceilings without the use of solid walls, thereby increasing the space which could be spanned by a ceiling, allowing the entrance of light and offering an alternative aesthetic to building exteriors, particularly in the peristyles of temples and on colonnades along stoas.

Columns are frequently used to support beams or arches on which the upper parts of walls or ceilings rest.
In architecture, "column" refers to such a structural element that also has certain proportional and decorative features.
A column might also be a decorative element not needed for structural purposes; many columns are "engaged", that is to say form part of a wall.

Columns could also be incorporated (engaged) within walls or be free-standing and carry sculpture to commemorate particular events or people.

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Published by: Crisencio M. Paner on Jul 01, 2013
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Thecolumnwas an architectural invention which allowedfor the support of ceilings without the use of solid walls,thereby increasing the space which could be spanned bya ceiling, allowing the entrance of light and offering analternative aesthetic to building exteriors, particularly inthe peristyles of temples and on colonnades alongstoas.
Stoas in Athens
 
Columns are frequently used to supportbeamsor arches  on which the upper parts of walls or ceilings rest.
In architecture, "column" refers to such a structuralelement that also has certain proportional and decorativefeatures.
 A column might also be a decorative element not neededfor structural purposes; many columns are "engaged",that is to say form part of a wall.

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