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Ornamental Crime
Ornamental Crime

The twentieth-century hatred of ornament is an odd phenomenon, for it contradicts virtually the entire history of human culture.

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The Ideology of Architecture
The Ideology of Architecture
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Twentieth Century Architecture as a Cult
Twentieth Century Architecture as a Cult

This article questions how the architectural profession does so successfully repel attempts at reform?

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Notes Toward an Updated Critical Theory
Notes Toward an Updated Critical Theory

Among practitioners of a revived traditional architecture today, there is evident dissention and uncertainty about how best to respond to the challenges of a persistent modernism in architecture and urbanism.

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The Loss of Identity in Mediterranean Ar
The Loss of Identity in Mediterranean Ar

In yesterday's stable societies, people and riches moved very slowly because life was economically bound, tooth and nail, to the land. Later on, the industrial revolution spawned a cultural revolution in the true sense of the word. A revolution that eroded the core values upon which society was based: traditional social hierarchies, the way in which work and communities were organised, man's relationship with the natural environment and the role of religious and social communities.

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Proportion and Traditional Architecture.
Proportion and Traditional Architecture.
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Architecture and Evolutionary Psychology
Architecture and Evolutionary Psychology

Vernacular and traditional buildings have common features that create places people are comfortable with. This is what Christopher Alexander calls “the timeless way of building.” Modernists abandoned these timeless patterns because of their fascination with new technology and their search for novelty, which is why modernist architecture feels uncomfortable.

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Documenting Vernacular Architecture
Documenting Vernacular Architecture

The article while discussing various aspects of the process of documenting vernacular architecture, talks about how documentation can be used as a research tool.

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How Can We Build Again in Beautiful Places?
How Can We Build Again in Beautiful Places?

The question is often asked when confronting the great places "What do we do about the fact that one simply cannot build anything in this landscape anymore?" There should be little doubt that the primary reason for this condition is the track record of architects over the past half-century.

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Classical or Modern Architecture? For Americans, It’s No Contest
Classical or Modern Architecture? For Americans, It’s No Contest

In a poll, traditional buildings soundly beat modern-looking ones, regardless of age, geography or political preference. Should that matter?

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Deconstructivist Architecture: “I never try to make anything beautiful.”
Deconstructivist Architecture: “I never try to make anything beautiful.”

One question which often circles my mind: will the future of architecture be bleak or full of promise?

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The Problem with Architectural Genius
The Problem with Architectural Genius

The pursuit of genius in architecture is what has most contributed to the unstitching of our urban fabric, giving us those buildings in outlandish shapes and unsightly materials that take a chunk of the city and make it into somewhere else.

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Why the Modern World is So Ugly
Why the Modern World is So Ugly

One of the great generalisations we can make about the modern world is that it is, to an extraordinary degree, an ugly world. If we were to show an ancestor from 250 years ago around our cities and suburbs, they would be amazed at our technology, impressed by our wealth, stunned by our medical advances – and shocked and disbelieving at the horrors we had managed to build.

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In Praise of Pastiche
In Praise of Pastiche

Building traditionalist architecture today is derided as inauthentic pastiche. But this perspective turns a blind eye to the dramatic and sophisticated ways that design has been applied throughout history.

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Palladio Encounters Pastiche
Palladio Encounters Pastiche

In this issue, the editors are showcasing winners of the 2018 Palladio Awards. Normally this would be an occasion for unalloyed celebration. But by coincidence this event has also called attention to the absurd hostility that Modernist architects and critics have towards traditionalism.

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Architecture Continues to Implode: More Insiders Admit The Profession Is Failing
Architecture Continues to Implode: More Insiders Admit The Profession Is Failing

Architecture is suffering a crisis of confidence. More and more mainstream figures in the field are admitting that the profession has lost its way.

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Aesthetic preference is related to organized complexity
Aesthetic preference is related to organized complexity

There is extensive evidence today linking exposure to natural environments to favorable changes in mental and even physical health. There is also a growing body of work indicating that there are specific geometric properties of natural scenes that mediate these effects, and that these properties can also be found in artificial structures like buildings, especially those designed before the emergence of modernism.

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How can architecture help make places be
How can architecture help make places be

What do we mean by beautiful places? As with people, we know that we’re not talking about skin deep appearances. We can all think of picture-perfect places that have utterly lost their sense of life, and soul and meaning – some of them on this postcard.

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