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  • n. That which enframes; a frame.


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enframe +‎ -ment


  • When Heidegger wrote in the middle part of the last century, the paradigm he had in mind for demonstrating the ‘enframement of being’ was the electrical grid.


  • In the horizontal division of a building into stories -- as, for example, in the Palazzo Farnese near Rome -- it is easier for the prominent parts to be equal, because they are better united by the evident contiguity of their masses, by their inclosure in a simple geometrical shape, and enframement between base and overhanging cornice.

    The Principles of Aesthetics

  • Finally, erected in the open, with no shelter or enframement, a building is, in large measure, a part of nature and possesses something of the beauty of nature.

    The Principles of Aesthetics

  • Suddenly the door was thrown open with violence and in its enframement appeared the grandmother, a very old woman, tall and lean of form, with bare, sinewy arms like knotted cords that she raised above her head and shook with frantic gestures.

    The Downfall

  • The architect, Emery Roth, put hunky Gibbs surrounds on the third-floor windows, then left the facade dead flat until the 12th floor, which bursts into opera with a great baroque window enframement.

    NYT > Home Page

  • These components include: (1) extent of view or the distance over which sight is effective; (2) foreground-middleground-background discontinuities or the existence of multiple horizons; (3) enframement by which the sight is bounded; (4) focal points that serve as attention getters; and (5) sense of security implicit in focal points that imply refuge.

    The safety of spaces

  • The former is always the case when the surfaces are left plain with few divisions, or, if the surfaces are divided, when the lines intersect and intermingle, as is exemplified in late Renaissance or Baroque work, where the walls are covered with lavish ornament, the enframement of windows is broken by moldings and sculpture which carry into the surrounding spaces, and where, instead of embracing one story, the "orders" comprise the entire height of the building.

    The Principles of Aesthetics


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