I spent about an hour today fanning through various books on Italian architecture in the 15th-16th centuries and came to this conclusion: we have gotten a lot worse at building (partially bc the average person is legally forbidden to make substantial modifications to the property that they own) but we have gotten so much better at architecture.

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@Elmkast It sounds like you would really enjoy "The Timeless Way of Building." One of his fundamental points is that great architecture evolves in societies where people build and design their own living spaces. Cultural iteration over lone genius.

@rustyswarf Already read it! I'm a huge fan of c.a and his nature of order series in particular

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