Art Deco Architecture

The Old Modern - Then and Now

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solomoncohen asked: Would you say deco is generally more additive or subtractive? Specifically when looking at buildings like the New Yorker Hotel and the Empire State Building.

I’ve turned this question over in my head and can’t come up with an answer. I’d say it was both, but only because there’s a whole range of styles within Art Deco. Sometimes it is actually quite spare, minimalist, a geometry of boxes, canyons, sculpted arches, etc., and then there are grandiose designs like Buffalo City Hall where design has been piled on and piled on. Perhaps someone with more of a true professional background in architecture could answer this question better than I. (If so, use the Ask/Submit function on this blog.)

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