TOWARDS UNDERSTANDING VISUAL STYLES AS INVENTIONS WITHOUT EXPIRATION DATES: HOW THE VIEW OF ARCHITECTURAL HISTORY AS PERMANENT PRESENCE MIGHT CONTRIBUTE TO REFORMING EDUCATION OF ARCHITECTS AND DESIGNERS
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The main thesis of the article is that there are good reasons for seeing the pre-modernist architectural and design idioms as still valid and feasible visual inventions, in contrast to the modernist view that has considered them as stone-dead expressions of past historical periods. The thesis is backed up by philosophical arguments developed by the late British philosopher Karl Popper. The present author concludes that there are no reasonable arguments for why the present schools of architecture and design should keep limiting the education of future architects and designers to the modernist visual idiom alone, as they have been doing since the 1950s.
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