Design: Classic Values, New Forms

The year's finest work bows to the past while shaping the future

The recent wave of nostalgia for a presumably friendlier, less menacing world of the past is beginning to have an effect on design. America's sudden love affair with old buildings, almost any old buildings, is prompting the architects of new buildings to work with traditional forms and ornamentation. The renewed appreciation of older cities is giving more emphasis to the importance of livable urban design. Indoors, designers are beginning to domesticate some of the gadgets that are beeping us, buzzing us, little-red-light-flashing...

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