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METAPHORICAL DESIGN METHOD

Every hospital architect strives to create a physical environment conducive to healing. But an elusive challenge in achieving that goal is understanding the innermost thoughts and feelings of the people who will occupy the hospital.

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ALFRED WATERHOUSE'S TERRACOTTA MENAGERIE

When British architect Alfred Waterhouse designed a Gothic revival building for London's Natural History Museum, he integrated into its structure sculptures of some of the flora and fauna that would be featured in the exhibits. Terracotta monkeys climb the interior arches; flowers grace exterior columns. Some recently published pencil drawings by the architect/ naturalist give an insight into the Victorian Waterhouse's approach to ornament for the museum. Editor

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