This is a guest post from Antonina of OpenBuildings - a community-driven and openly editable encyclopaedia of buildings from around the world.
Not so long ago ornament in architecture was a crime – just like tattooed people were potential murderers. Is ornament making a comeback? From the psychedelic Arab World Institute of Jean Nouvel to the fashion flagship stores of Tokyo, architecture is no longer afraid to be talkative and graphic. Ornament in architecture has its roots deep in history, but alongside the unforeseen development of graphic culture these days, it is only logical that ornament – this time around wittily disguised as a pictogram and making the best possible use of modern technology – should make its victorious way back into architecture .
image: Picasa user Dennis Lee
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image: Byrdhouse Travel