Brent C. Brolin
W. W. Norton, New York, 2000, English
Nonfiction, Architecture
ISBN: 9780393730463

From the Publisher. Embellishment is a basic human need. Why was it banished from modern architecture? Architectural Ornament reveals the interplay of art, society, politics, and commerce from antiquity through modernism and explains ornament’s near demise and recent revival. Brolin shows the breadth of ornamental expression through the centuries and proposes an approach to ornament that allows new and old buildings to coexist in harmony.

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Chris Bangle

A fascinating historical read, but with a wonderfully laid-out explanation of the shift in authority in product design, architecture, and art. For car designers, who do not usually find themselves at home in any of these camps, the foundations of our practice and its own authority are clearly there as well.

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