Reading architecture in the CBD 19 th century architecture solid stately subservient (to European architecture) showy (it took wealth to pay for carved stone ornaments) Note: the heavy cornices the use of stone the use of ornament Note: the arches
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the heavy cornices
the use of stone
the use of ornament
the attempt to create rhythm in the façade
the height limitations (legal and technical causes)
The self-conscious adoption of architectural motifs from Greece and Rome
In part, this was a nostalgic escape from the rapid changes of industrialization
Where is the front of this building?
can you find evidence of renovation?
Hardly any 19th c. buildings would be standing if it were not for renovation efforts
the “futuristic” style
of a bygone era
these images and part of the definition above come from ArtLex, an online art dictionary
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
Use of circles and squares
Polished stone facing
Ornamentation returns, but not as moldings or cornices: visual more than textural
Consumption spaces rather than production spaces set the overall tone:
buildings are designed to look like nice places to buy things, eat, drink, enjoy one’s leisure time