Functionalism



[fuhngk-shuh-nl-iz-uh m] /ˈfʌŋk ʃə nlˌɪz əm/

noun
1.
(usually initial capital letter) Chiefly Architecture, Furniture.

2.
Psychology. the doctrine that emphasizes the adaptiveness of the mental or behavioral processes.
3.
Sociology.. Also called structural functionalism. a theoretical orientation that views society as a system of interdependent parts whose functions contribute to the stability and survival of the system.
/ˈfʌŋkʃənəˌlɪzəm/
noun
1.
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.
(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
n.

1914 as a term in social sciences; 1930 in architecture; from functional + -ism. Related: functionalist.

An approach to architecture that adapts the design of a building or other structure to its future use. Walter Gropius and Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe were notable advocates of functionalism in the twentieth century.

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