Author Archives: Michael Diamant

About Michael Diamant

Promoter of trad urban planning (early 1900s central European) and New Classical Architecture. Interested also in Geography, Demography, Social Anthropology & History.

Czech republic & Slovakia

New vernacular and classical architecture is quite limited to Karlovy Vary (Karlsbad), the Czech countryside and the Hungarian inhabited parts of Slovakia. Notable are the developments in Karlovy Vary that may be more pastiche than true classical but that represent … Continue reading

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The Baltics

The Baltic countries represent different vernacular and classical traditions despite being lumped together. There are vernacular, traditional and classical architecture projects in all countries but generally speaking the situation is best in Estonia followed by Latvia and Lithuania. Reconstruction projects … Continue reading

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Caucasus & The Levant

In the Levant, Georgia and Armenia stick out with a lot of building activity in vernacular styles, both church buildings and other type of projects. As Georiga and Armenia are culturally linked to Russia through common history, there is a … Continue reading

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Despite its proud architectural heritage, new french classical architecture is generally of low quality. But what they lack in aesthetics they compensate with great understanding of scale, density and urbanism. Currently whole neighborhoods in Paris are reshaped in a simple … Continue reading

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Balkans & Greece

In the Balkans, there is a lot of traditional church building, reconstructions and some new vernacular architecture. In the Hungarian parts of Romania there is also new buildings in Hungarian organic style. Of great interest is the rebuilding of Skopje … Continue reading

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Australia and New Zeeland

New classical and vernacular colonial architecture have made inroads in the Australian luxury market. A great majority of projects are either villas, mansions or townhouses with very few new traditional multi family houses currently being built. In New Zeeland there … Continue reading

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Latin America

There are a few classical architect firms in Latin America and most classical architects have been educated in the US. The style chosen is mostly Spanish colonial with native vernacular inspiration. Recently the US firm Robert A.M. Stern Architects and … Continue reading

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Spain, Portugal & Italy

The Spanish, Portuguese and Italian classical scene is characterized by lots of knowledge in restoration work but only a few classical firms that build new. On the other hand all chapters of INTBAU do study tours to these countries and … Continue reading

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US & Canada

North America has the largest single classical scene with a wide range of firms with very high quality. Also, there is a wide range of education opportunities to study to become a classical architect. For more projects from the US … Continue reading

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After a positive period of classical oriented post modernism in the 1990s, the Scandinavian countries (incl. Finland) returned to extreme modernism. Few new classical projects are being built, mostly single family homes. On the upside is that an “uprising” has … Continue reading

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