The Philosophy of Form Following Function: Development & Works


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Who coined the phrase 'form follows function'?

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1. From where did Frank Lloyd Wright draw inspiration for his philosophy of 'form and function are one'?

2. Which of the following phrases best characterizes the philosophy of functionalism?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The term 'form follows function' may have become something of a cliché at this point, but it is often misused or misunderstood. This quiz and worksheet will test your understanding of the history and principles of the philosophy as it pertains to art and architecture. Some things you'll be tested on include the history of the phrase and artistic movements relevant to it.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In this quiz and worksheet, you'll be tested on:

  • Who coined the phrase
  • Where Frank Lloyd Wright drew inspiration from
  • The philosophy of functionalism
  • Examples of ergonomics
  • The Chicago School

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained about the artistic philosophy of form follows function
  • Reading comprehension - make sure you understand the meaning of the phrase, its history, and how it affects art and architecture
  • Knowledge application - Apply the knowledge you've gained about this artistic philosophy to answer questions about its impact on the arts

Additional Learning

To learn more about functionalism and the arts, review the corresponding lesson on The Philosophy of Form Following Function: Development & Works. This lesson covers the following topics:

  • Origin of the phrase
  • Functionalism
  • The Chicago School
  • Frank Lloyd Wright
  • Ergonomics