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Posted by  Nadine on January 15, 2004 at 13:31:05:

In Reply to:  Re: WHAT IS GOOD ARCHITECTURE?? posted by Amy on January 15, 2004 at 05:48:21:

Hello Amy.

Nice to meet you :-) If you love architecture and need to be inspired by what is or isn't good architecture, you should try to take a trip to Italy to places like Venice and Florence as well as Rome. There you really will learn something about both architecture and interior design because at that time, the two professions were not really seperate. Architects did most of the design inside and out while artists carried out all the fine detail work. The interior design profession only really seperated after the 20th century (the period which became known as modern art)and still only became a properly recognised profession in the 1960's. Since then of course TV has made it entertainment and totally ruined the profession!!!
You should also try to visit places of historical interest such as Prague and Budapest.
Only when you see, touch and absorb the atmosphere surrounding such works of true ingenuity will you really discover fabulous architecture:-) It is absolutely stunning.
England too has some fine examples of craftsmenship, I can suggest a good reference book on this kind of architecture which you could probably get through amazon books.
I write up all our own design course materials and always tell my students to read, read, read. They probably think I'm the most boring person but you just learn so much by studying good books


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