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The Continued Relevance of Classicism in Contemporary Design

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Boston Design Center

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Classicism, the architectural legacy of Ancient Greece and Rome, is the cornerstone of the Western architectural tradition. Through the continued evolution and reinvention of its traditions and conventions, it teaches us that good building embodies utility, strength and beauty. Classicism is therefore not merely an architectural style or collection of styles, but a philosophy about humanity and nature. It expresses the legacy we have inherited and the legacy we leave for future generations. In New England, that legacy of Classical architecture, the Georgian, Federal, Greek Revival, Beaux Arts and its variant the Shingle Style, remains a potent inspiration for contemporary designers.

To celebrate Boston Design Week, the New England Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA-NE) has partnered with the Boston Design Center (BDC) to host a panel that will discuss the continued relevance of Classicism from the perspectives of Architecture, Interior Design, Urban Planning and Cognitive Science, where recent findings support the idea that people thrive in environments based upon classical design principles.

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Eric Daum, AIA
Architect & partner Merrimack Design Architects, LLC.
ICAA, New England Board Member

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Ann Sussman, AIA is an architect, author and researcher is passionate about understanding how buildings influence people emotionally. With Justin B. Hollander, she co-authored the book, Cognitive Architecture, Designing for How We respond to the Built Environment (2015) which won the 2016 Place Research Award from the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA). A frequent speaker, she has given more than 30 lectures at regional conferences and universities, including MIT, Harvard GSD, Northeastern, and the BAC (Boston Architectural College). This spring, she will keynote Houston AIA's "Gulf Coast Green” conference in March and Cincinnati's AIA Vision conference in May. Her pilot-study eye-tracking buildings at Boston's IHCD (Institute for Human Centered Design) became the cover story for the American Planning Association's Planning Magazine last June. Currently, she is finishing a biometric pilot-study of buildings for the City of New York and Somerville. MA.

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