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A Constellation Of Temples Composes Bagan, Myanmar

Bagan Myanmar

Smack in the middle of Myanmar is Bagan, an ancient city composed primarily of Buddhist temples. From the ninth through the 13th centuries, Bagan served as the cultural and economic capital of the Pagan Empire, with a constellation of over 10,000 Buddhist temples, pagodas and monasteries being constructed within that time period.

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Façadism: Proof That Compromise Does (Or Doesn’t) Work

Facadism Valparaiso Chile

Fusing together modern and classical styles, this building in Valparaiso, Chile serves as an apt example of “façadism,” or the practice where a building’s façade is designed or constructed separately from the rest of the building.

Pending your tastes, façadism exemplifies the rewards of compromise (an existing space can be developed without sacrificing its historical elements) or proof that compromise doesn’t work (façadism tries to bring together two distinctive styles into one building and thus produces little more than visual confusion). In any case, the CSAV headquarters–featured above–in Valparaiso’s Sotomayor Plaza is sure to generate strong opinions.

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