- a design movement evolved from several previous movements or schools in Europe in the early 20th century, advocating the design of buildings, furnishings, etc., as direct fulfillments of material requirements, as for shelter, repose, or the serving of food, with the construction, materials, and purpose clearly expressed or at least not denied, and with aesthetic effect derived chiefly from proportions and finish, purely decorative effects being excluded or greatly subordinated.
- the doctrines and practices associated with this movement.Compare rationalism (def. 4).
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OTHER WORDS FROM functionalismsem·i·func·tion·al·ism, noun
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In this final chapter, it is proposed to deal with the question of the positive value of functionalism as a working hypothesis.John Dewey's logical theory|Delton Thomas Howard
Commercialism is simply a label for functionalism, and all great artists produce functional art.The Ego Machine|Henry Kuttner
British Dictionary definitions for functionalism
Derived forms of functionalismfunctionalist, noun, adjective
Cultural definitions for functionalism
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.