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green design

IF HISTORICAL ANALOGIES offer any guidance, green design will emerge as the modernism of the new century. There is more than a passing similarity between recent eclecticism in architecture and the stylistic free-for-all that characterized the early twentieth century, which saw a succession of neohistorical and decorative styles come and go rather quickly. Neo-Gothic, neo-Tudor, Beaux-Arts classicism, Art Nouveau: All had their brief moment before modernism crystallized (at least in the minds of the architectural establishment) as an “appropriate” aesthetic. It is now fashionable to talk about architectures in the plural, the techno-baroque, and exciting regional building cultures in the post-Soviet republics. But a lack of consensus about the direction in which architecture should be moving underscores a need to transcend formal typologies that have, despite their heterogeneity, become

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