Design: The Look Of the New

Maybe the oldest question in the world is "What's new?" It's certainly the oldest question in the various worlds of design. If it weren't for constant change, how could anyone prove he or she was designing in the first place? Priests, waiters, violinists--some people can go on doing pretty much what they did 30 years ago. But if an architect proposes the same building today that she would have produced in 1970, she isn't designing things, she's just making them, the way Colonial American cabinetmakers used to bang out identical highboys from the diagrams in old British copybooks. Innovation is one...

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