Le Style Moderne

In an age of Modernity one of the most profound influences on design was the L’École des Beaux-arts in France. Founded in 1648 it included a number of influential elite schools, the best being at Paris. Its system of education was introduced into Britain early in the twentieth century amid scepticism, resentment and open hostility. The syllabus laid heavy emphasis on distinct, formalized planning in architecture and the Beaux Arts style was modeled on classical antiquities. It was a design education without parallel in any other European country. It aimed at being, and became a centre for intellectual debate about architecture for over two centuries. Its teaching program was conceived as a preparation for the design of public buildings teaching young architects to work up their designs through a series of project stages. The classical orders were only employed in the required correct proportion once the plan was fully developed.

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