refined with time

20:58 Dec 22, 2014
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English language (monolingual) [PRO]
Architecture
English term or phrase: refined with time
These, first seen in key Romanesque buildings such as Durham Cathedral, were refined with time, leading to the style that followed on from Romanesque: Gothic
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4 +1acquired greater technological sophistication over time
B D Finch
3 +1became more sophisticated and capable of ....
Lara Barnett
3 +1polished/improved on over time
Jacek Kloskowski


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polished/improved on over time


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Jacek Kloskowski
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agree  acetran
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  -> Thank you :)
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became more sophisticated and capable of ....


Explanation:
Based on discussion box entry, implying that the construction techniques began to improve over time.

"...became more sophisticated and capable of dealing with the thick walls and small windows..."

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Note added at 1 hr (2014-12-22 22:45:11 GMT)
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i.e. to deal with the problems caused by the construction techniques.

Lara Barnett
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neutral  B D Finch: Far from becoming "capable of dealing with the thick walls and small windows", it became possible not to resort to thick walls and small windows.
10 hrs
  -> Exactly, because the techniques became more sophisticated and capable of dealing with the issue which had caused the tendency for thick walls and small windows.

agree  acetran
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acquired greater technological sophistication over time


Explanation:
The heavy stone buildings of Norman/romanesque were "over-engineered" because they didn't actually use the engineering techniques, that developed later. Those later techniques allowed stresses/loads to be managed more efficiently and reduced the quantity of stone used, allowing the envelope to be opened up with windows and for wider spans of clear interior space. (The latter was an advance over Moorish architectural techniques too.)

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agree  Yvonne Gallagher: yes, refine=developed & fine-tuned along with such techniques as the flying buttresses of the Gothic period
1 hr
  -> Thanks Gallagy.

neutral  juvera: I would not refer to "engineering techniques" when talking about romanesque/gothic architecture.Natural evolution was caused by the desire to build higher, with larger windows, same tools, technology.Number of cathedrals suffered collapses in the process.
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  -> It is a mistake to think this was "natural evolution" and your explanation seems teleological. On the contrary, transferring load-bearing from walls to a stone framework was a major development of engineering techniques, not just trial and error!
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