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Architecture, innovation and tradition

Antoine Picon


Antoine Picon, Professor of the History of Architecture and Technology at Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD), and the author of a significant new book, Ornament: The Politics of Architecture and Subjectivity (John Wiley & Sons), publishing in April 2013, provides the counterargument to this issue. He argues that for innovation to go beyond the superficial level of being a mere design trend or fashion, it needs to avoid 'presentism' and develop a reflexive stance to history and tradition. (source éditeur)

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hal-00826315 , version 1 (27-05-2013)



Antoine Picon. Architecture, innovation and tradition. Architectural Design, 2013, 83 (1), pp.128-133. ⟨10.1002/ad.1535⟩. ⟨hal-00826315⟩
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