Examining the Impact of Flying Buttresses and Other Innovative Strategies in High Gothic Cathedral Design

Austin Ruddle

The integration and evolution of the flying buttress into the architecture of high gothic cathedrals was the defining paradigmatic entity that shaped structural organization, and lead to the establishment of the period’s aesthetic typological identity. Innovative architectural elements such as these allowed the iconic structures of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries to soar to staggering heights and establish significance within architecture’s historical narrative… PDF

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