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  •  No, never been there. The parents thought (2+ / 0-)
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    badscience, NYFM

    Notre Dame and the Lourve in Paris were more important.

    I understand the history of 'modern' architecture and the reasonings behind the buildings.  My bachelor's degree is in Architecture, 1988.  I can appreciate many of the modern buildings in a design and historical context, but my heart doesn't connect there.

    •  You should go. (2+ / 0-)
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      nchristine, NYFM

      It is unusually wonderful. :-)

      I am a "connecter with the mind" rather than with the heart, so for me a connection with the Parthenon, a Baroque cathedral and a modernist office building is in the same brain-space. That is probably weird for most people to consider, since they are so different and affect people's emotions quite differently.

      •  No, it's not weird. It's a different way of (3+ / 0-)
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        Prof Haley, badscience, NYFM

        looking at things.  I almost see 'modern' vs 'old' as a metaphore of machine (modern - mass produced) and man (old - done by hand) and I know a lot of it is because of how I was introduced to art and architecture.  Metaphore may not be the right word though....

        •  I kinda live in my head (1+ / 0-)
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          nchristine

          which perplexes a lot of people. As an artist, it has certainly shaped the kind of art I do! Which is generally formal and heady. :-D

          I am really interested in places where machine and hand come together (printmaking, photography, art and technology). Certainly architecture is the place where the hand and the machine came together early and profoundly! Couldn't have made any monumental architecture without machines, elemental as they were. Also, too, many many workers (serfs, slaves, etc).

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