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The Matter of Ornament

Lars Spuybroek

Lars Spuybroek is Professor of Architecture at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, USA, where he teaches design methodology and aesthetic theory. He is the author of NOX: Machining Architecture, The Architecture of Continuity, Textile Tectonics, The Architecture of Variation, and The Sympathy of Things. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Brian Massumi

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The Sympathy of Things : Ruskin and the Ecology of Design

Bloomsbury Academic, 2011

Book chapter

...At the start of the twenty-first century, having passed through the twentieth and its fatal obsession with the sublime, we can hardly imagine any longer how unthinkable it was 150 years ago to leave the surfaces of things—vases, walls...

The Digital Nature of Gothic

Lars Spuybroek

Lars Spuybroek is Professor of Architecture at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, USA, where he teaches design methodology and aesthetic theory. He is the author of NOX: Machining Architecture, The Architecture of Continuity, Textile Tectonics, The Architecture of Variation, and The Sympathy of Things. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Brian Massumi

Brian Massumi

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The Sympathy of Things : Ruskin and the Ecology of Design

Bloomsbury Academic, 2011

Book chapter

...Ruskin’s The Nature of Gothic is inarguably the best-known essay on Gothic architecture ever published; argumentative, persuasive, passionate, it is a text influential enough to have empowered a whole movement, which Ruskin distanced...

France, 1135–1450

Christopher Tadgell

Christopher Tadgell is an independent architectural historian based in Kent, England, UK, and author of Routledge’s seven-volume ‘Architecture in Context’ series. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Sir Banister Fletcher’s Global History of Architecture Volume 1

© the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the University of London, 2019

Sir Banister Fletcher chapter

...If the Romanesque era belonged to the abbey and rural feudalism, the Gothic did so to the urban cathedral – apart from the castle. Abbots continued to provide great patronage, but bishops came to the fore and the greatest buildings...

France, 1450–1830

Jean-François Bédard

Jean-François Bédard is Associate Professor at the Syracuse University School of Architecture in Syracuse, New York, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Sir Banister Fletcher’s Global History of Architecture Volume 2

© the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the University of London, 2019

Sir Banister Fletcher chapter

...From the end of the Hundred Years War in 1453 to the re-establishment of the Bourbon monarchy after Napoleon Bonaparte’s defeat at Waterloo in 1815, French rulers benefited from the consolidation of the court and the centralization...