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The Lost Meaning of Classical Architecture: Speculations on Ornament from Vitruvius to Venturi

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Why do architects still use the classical orders? Why use forms derived from ancient Greek temples when ancient Greek religion has been dead for centuries and when the way of life they expressed is extinct? And why decorate a contemporary courthouse with the bones, eggs, darts, claws, and garlands that an ancient Greek would recognize as the trappings of animal sacrifice? ...more
Paperback, 201 pages
Published February 10th 1988 by Mit Press
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Sep 10, 2012 rated it liked it
I read this once, and it was pretty interesting. I let it sit for a couple of weeks, and I am re-reading it. I'll never look at a fluted column the same again.
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The book was well-written however it didn't offer as many insights into the contemporary uses of classical architecture as I anticipated.
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Eye opening, what they did not mention in architectural history 101.
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