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Meditations #58

BY Lisa Lindblad

August 23, 2014

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An architect builds in a particular geography and at a specific moment in history.  It may not be our geography or our history and so, to understand the structure, we must understand the moment in which it was conceived — that particular time that is not our time or our place.

Likewise, in order to understand a place and its culture, we may look to its architecture in its particularity, as a prideful statement of the culture’s status.

Recall the great, world-wide sigh of relief when, during the mass bombings of WWII, it was announced that Paris was not burning.

 

Photograph copyright:  Victor Barcy

Location:  Neues Museum, Berlin

 

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John Derian Goes West