Architecture as a Demonstration of Power

669 Words Feb 24th, 2018 3 Pages
Leaders of cities such as Versailles, Isfahan and Chinese Imperial cities have implemented architecture in countless ways to portray their own importance and power over their people. The use of axis and baroque planning is a prime example of how leaders use city planning to enhance their power by controlling views and how people travel though the city. Ornamentation and colour are other ideas often used to represent power and riches by monarchs. Leaders used multiple means of architectural design to further their power and influence over their city, not only did they use it to represent themselves but also to increase the control they had.

Baroque planning is a prime example of how architecture can demonstrate power. Powerful rulers emerged in Italy during the renaissance; primarily the 15th century. One of the initial places Baroque style planning was implemented was in Italy, specifically Rome. After the decay of Rome the church needed to restore faith in the people. They began the remodel by adopting axial streets that led to important areas of the city including churches, fountains and views of grand buildings. This idea was later adopted by leaders to enhance their prestige and power within their city. The purpose of the baroque layout is to display a cities strength and power. Land use was divided into…
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