Architectural Term: Self – Similarity

Main Article Content

Dimitar Papasterevski


Architecture, as one of the oldest areas of human activity, describes several categories that seem to be effective today: firmitas, utilities, venustas. But on the other hand, almost every period re-examines and reinterprets these terms. What is happening today? Are there old provisions still? Can we create new ones or expand, modify or re-create them? This paper evaluates the term of the architectural theme to contribute to the creation of a kind of critical vocabulary of contemporary architecture in the context of understanding architectural thought. Different ways of understanding/interpreting an architectural term can lead us to a new and different way of understanding and comprehending architecture itself in a modern changing world. This paper considers the relationship between fractal geometry and architecture as they respond to complexity and order, through the architectural term “self-similarity”.


Download data is not yet available.

Plum Analytics Artifact

Article Details

How to Cite
Papasterevski D. Architectural Term: Self – Similarity. SEE J Archit Des [Internet]. 2020 Jun. 12 [cited 2023 Dec. 4];2020:1-4. Available from:
Articles in Architecture


Mandelbrot BB. The fractal geometry of nature. New York: WH freeman; 1977.

Gausa M, Guallart V, Muller W, Soriano F, Porras F, et al. The metapolis dictionary of advanced architecture. Actar, Barcelona. 2003:517-8.

Holl, S. Parallax. Berlin: Birkhauser; 2000.

Eisenman P. Eisenmanesie. Architecture + Urbanism. 1988:70. DOI: