Classicism Reclaimed… and Relieved.

The purpose of these past 6 blogs has been to get to the heart of what we mean by the term Classical Architecture. The reason to do this is simple; although most people have a vague notion of what Classical Architecture is, my experience has taught me that very few people truly understand it, and …

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Reclaiming Classicism Part 6 – Language

So far we have looked at the influence of Nature on the early development of architecture and we have looked at how Tradition helped to consolidate and perpetuate this influence. The next and final advance we need to consider is how Nature and Tradition developed into an agreed code or Language. Architectural Language at its' …

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Reclaiming Classicism Part 5 – Tradition

Tradition… a simple word, but one with a lot of power. The idea behind tradition is very simple. You take the lessons learned from those before you, and you try to apply them to the challenges you face today and to the challenges that you try to foresee in the future. So what’s the problem? …

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Small Steps and Giant Leaps (Part 2)

Staying motivated about anything over time is always difficult; we get distracted and bored and we all tend to assume that everyone else must be having a better time of it than ourselves. Staying motivated as a classical architect is much harder still, as the usual benefits such as income and recognition are not as …

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Small Steps and Giant Leaps (Part 1)

Before returning to the “Reclaiming Classicism” blogs I want to take stock of where we are at; to look at the big picture of where traditional and classical architecture now sits in the overall architectural world. Challenges From what I can see, a traditional architectural renaissance is definitely happening but it is slow and only …

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Reclaiming Classicism (Part 3)

At this stage of our exploration we are left with a number of reasonably accurate but incomplete definitions of what classical architecture is; definitions that unfortunately consign classical architecture well-and-truly to the past. On top of that there is a broad swathe of prejudices and misunderstandings that muddy the waters and render classical architecture as …

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Reclaiming Classicism (Part 1)

An architecture lecturer at University College Cork told me recently that there is no classical architecture in Ireland, and that I was wasting my time by studying it. This statement completely floored me at the time and I found it almost impossible to counter his statement with any coherent argument. What exactly did he mean? …

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Still Standing Still (Part 3 of 3)

We shouldn’t underestimate how much good has been done by all the various building conservation advocates and professionals over the past fifty years or so. Countless buildings have been saved, traditional building skills have been resurrected and society as a whole is more aware of building heritage than at any other stage in the past …

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