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Richard Rogers: Humanism in steel and glass

The big question that faces architects today is how to make buildings that are both modern and humane. Richard Rogers has the answers

By Adam Gopnik   July 2013

The National Assembly for Wales, Cardiff, public viewing gallery

The National Assembly for Wales, Cardiff, public viewing gallery © Katsuhisa Kida/Fototeca

Though Renaissance painting, the new art historians insist, was only equivocally humanist, Renaissance architecture remains unambiguously so—in the sense of being rooted in the revival of classical form, and in the larger sense of creating places where people can feel most fully themselves.  We feel palatial within Palladio, big-hearted standing outside Brunelleschi’s hospital. It is no accident that we continue to make pilgrimages to Italy in the virtual, pixelled 21st century just as we did in the brick…

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