Once upon a time, a quick glance at an architecture student’s bookshelf could suffice to guess how many years he or she had been studying: if the space set aside for Domus or Casabella occupied more than one meter, they must have failed to get their degree on schedule. The history of architecture arranged on the shelves was never interrupted in its flow. Before and after were on the same level, easily within arm’s reach. The shelves for magazines represented their owners’ awareness of the history of contemporary architecture, tangible proof of the slow acquisition of that knowledge.

The Internet put a stop to that.
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VERNER PANTON
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