What Classical Architecture Is Not

April 4, 2012 in Principles

This is the third part in a series where all of the contributors to this blog will outline what they mean by “classical architecture”. You can read the introduction here. Classical architecture is not a style. It is not nostalgic, it is not historicism, and it is not pastiche. Architecture is one of civilization’s modes of communication, and the classical language is our most formal and ordered way of communicating with what we build. Classical architecture is the built manifestation of a classical way of thinking. This way of thinking (let’s call it humanism for time’s sake) privileges reason, logic, and most of
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