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Egyptian lotus capitals, from Owen Jones' The Grammat of Ornament, 1968

‘Ornament is the language through which architecture communicates with a broader public’Subscription

By Edwin Heathcote

Minimalism may symbolise luxury, but it could be time to refamiliarise ourselves with our decorative roots

Chicago Flowering Grid

From the archive: ‘Ornament has always flowered in Chicago’Subscription

By Tom Beeby

[Archive] Ornament could offer the key to a new flowering of architectural expression

AR Archive


September 2015: OrnamentSubscription

1423: Baukuh, Fat + Grayson Perry, Renzo Piano, Monadnock, OMA, Voysey, Typology: Tombs 

AR September 2015 on Ornament


Outrage: ‘The anti-ornament hysteria is thankfully now at the bottom of the dustbin’Subscription

By Timothy Brittain-Catlin

Elevations, bizarrely neglected, should invest buildings with significance

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Outrage: ‘There is a silent agreement in contemporary British architecture: you may deploy ornament, but never too much’Subscription

By Adam Nathaniel Furman

Tasteful restraint is pandering to planners and the public

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