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The Missing Link to High Touch Architecture

Park Associati

Europa | Milano

An archaeologist of the future intent on writing about architecture of our times would be lucky indeed to chance upon works by the Park practice. It would provide him with the missing link to High Touch architecture.

What is High Touch? It’s a way of seeing, feeling and designing architecture that marks out the best Italian production of the beginning of our millennium. It stands apart, avoiding the intellectual excesses of a Peter Eisenman, the bombastic hubris of a Zaha Hadid, the solipsism à la Sejima, or architecture as the demonstration of a theorem à la Rem Koolhaas. High Touch steers a path of common sense and compromise. It eschews the outlandishness that afflicts much of contemporary international architecture, preferring restraint to exuberance, the picturesque to the sublime, the classic to the romantic. More importantly, it is sufficiently in the...

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