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Archis 1999 #12

City Beautification. De verstedelijking van de schoonheid / City Beautification. The urbanization of beauty

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Architecture did its best. You could write its history as a process of the maximization of light. Oculi, rosettes, mirrors, light skeletons, glass curtain walls, palaces of glass and steel. Architecture grew literally lighter. But light was itself never the substance of the design. It remained a desirable effect of solid matter. Times have changed. […]

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Archis 1999 #12

Het publieke belang / The public interest

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The unquestioned assumption long prevailed that the city was the foundation of the public realm. Ever since the rise of civil society, the city has been a refuge, a platform for poets and philosophers, a forum for politics and a breeding ground of genius. Its squares formed the backdrop for confessions and for protests. Streets […]

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